Summer is a great time to unwind, hit the beach, earn some money.

Add an online class from CMU, and you can really make the summer count.  

About 35 percent of CMU's on- campus students enroll in online classes during the summer.

You won't find a better online program. Literally. CMU's online undergraduate programs were ranked number one in the nation in the 2014 U.S. World and News Report annual survey of the nation's best online programs.

What classes can you take this summer?

Health Economics. Teacher Leadership. Understanding Digital Photography.

Human Biology. Personal Finance. Women In Management. Music in Society. Conceptual Physics.

You get the idea.

Convenient and flexible, online classes are the perfect fit for summer break.

"It's a great way to keep on track or get caught up," says Marnie Roestel, manager of CMU's Global Campus online programs. "A lot of students work summer jobs to make money for school, and this is the best of both worlds: they can earn money and take classes."

Here’s what students need to know:

  • There are three summer sessions, beginning May 5, May 19 and June 23.

  • There are 368 online course sections offered over the summer, with an additional 85 courses offered at 11 Global Campus centers throughout the state.

    Many of the most popular campus courses are available online, including UP courses, ENG 101, ENG 201, math and psychology courses.

  • It’s easy to sign up.

    Students register through the Course Search and Registration system they use to enroll in on-campus courses.

    Registration is open for all online classes up to five days before the start of the class.

    Here’s a link to the registration page:

  • No transferring hassle.

    No need to worry about transferring coursework back at the end of summer — it’s already part of your CMU academic record.

  • Set your own schedule.

    “It’s not like you’re going to class every night,” Roestel says. “You can log in when it’s convenient. There isn’t a set time, so it works with any schedule.”

  • It’s online. But it’s still rigorous.

    “You need to be a self-directed learner and hold yourself accountable,” Roestel says. “You have to log in consistently so you know what’s due and when it’s due.”

  • You need strong reading skills.

    “Instead of listening in class, there will be more reading involved,” Roestel says, “as content and discussions often take place in the written format.”

Learn more about the online learning environment at

The Online Learning Resource Center offers an online learning assessment to see how ready you are for online learning, a step-by-step guide to beginning your online class, technical requirements and even an “online student ally” — an experienced online student to offer personal assistance and advice.

One more tip?

Sure, you could take an online class in your pajamas and slippers or under a tree at the park. But Roestel suggests picking a set place to study, away from any distractions. “These are still classes, and they’re demanding,” she says. “Give it your best.”