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2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Complete list of Academic Progress Reporting dates and Withdrawal dates are available on the Academic Calendar Located at: Dates are subject to change. 

Fall Semester 2020

Full Term 16-week
August 24, 2020 - December 13, 2020
Session A 8-Week
August 24, 2020 - October 18, 2020
Session B 8-Week
October 19, 2020 - December 13, 2020
Session O 14-Week
September 8, 2020 - December 13, 2020

Spring Semester 2021

Full Term 16-Week
January 19, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Session A 8-Week
January 19, 2021 - March 14, 2021
Session B 8-Week
March 15, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Session O 14-Week
February 1, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Summer Session 2021

Full Term 10-Week
June 1, 2021 - August 8, 2021
Session J 5-Week
June 1, 2021 - July 3, 2021
Session L 8-Week
June 14, 2021 - August 8, 2021
Session K 5-Week
July 6, 2021 - August 8, 2021

Advanced Placement Exams

The State of Ohio, working with public institutions of higher education, has initiated policies to facilitate the ease of transition from high school to college, as well as between and among Ohio’s public colleges and universities.

Beginning in the fall term 2009:

  • Students obtaining an Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above will be awarded the aligned course(s) and credits for the AP exam area(s) successfully completed.
  • General education courses and credits received will be applied toward graduation and will satisfy a general education requirement if the course(s) to which the AP area is equivalent fulfill(s) a requirement.
  • If an equivalent course is not available for the AP exam area completed, elective or area credit will be awarded in the appropriate academic discipline and will be applied toward graduation where such elective credit options exist within the academic major.
  • Additional courses or credits may be available when a score of 4 or 5 is obtained. Award of credit for higher score values varies depending on institution and academic discipline.

In academic disciplines containing highly dependent sequences (e.g., science, technology, engineering and mathematics), students are strongly advised to confer with the college/university advising staff to ensure they have the appropriate foundation to be successful in advanced coursework within the sequence.  Learn more about AP credit awards at Tri-C.

Change of Major Field of Study

Students should change their major field of study by the 15th day of the semester. Any changes of major received after the 15th day of the semester will become effective for the following semester. Students can update their academic major by submitting changes through my Tri-C space. It is suggested that students check with a counselor before changing majors.  All students utilizing financial aid must have a declared major on file.


Qualifying full-time Tri-C students (currently registered for 12 or more credits) may register for one course per semester during the regular academic year, on a space-available basis, at any of the institutions participating in the Cross-Registration program. Area colleges and universities participating in this program include Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College and Youngstown State University.

These host institutions waive tuition and general fee charges for courses taken as part of the Cross-Registration program. Tri-C students are billed for the number of credits taken at the host institution using the Tri-C tuition rate once confirmation of registration is received from the host institution. Tuition and fees assessed for a Cross-Registration program course will be equal to tuition and fees paid by other Tri-C students with the same total number of credits and residency status. 

Participation must be approved by Tri-C and course availability must be verified by the host institution. Cross-Registration forms and registration information are available in the Enrollment Center on each campus. Cross-Registration is not available during the summer session.  Cross-Registration is available on the Friday prior to the start of class.


DegreeWorks is a software tool that significantly eases the academic advising process by comparing academic program requirements against a student’s academic history. The resulting report lists courses taken that apply toward graduation, courses yet to be taken and courses that do not apply to the program major. The ability of both students and staff to obtain this information is part of an effective academic advising program.