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Understand Academic Calendar
An academic year is approximately nine months long and can be divided into different terms
according to one of the following units:
The semester system divides one academic year into Fall and Spring semester,
each lasting about 14 - 15 weeks. A typical Fall Semester starts in late August or
early September and last until mid December. A typical Spring semester starts in
mid January and last until mid May. In the summer, some institutions may offer
summer classes but they are usually offered under a different schedule. For example,
summer can be divided into two modules, each offering classes at double the frequency
of the regular class schedule. The semester system is used by most U.S. institutions
(nearly 70% of all U.S. Colleges).
The quarter system divides one academic year into Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter,
each lasting about 10 - 11 weeks. A typical Fall quarter starts in late September
and last until early or mid December. Winter quarter is from early January to
mid March. Spring quarter is from late March to early June. The quarter system
also offers regular class schedule during the summer quarter though they are usually
The trimester system is the least popular among the three systems. It is
similar to the quarter system, except that it does not offer regular class
schdule during the summer quarter.
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1. Princeton Univ.|
2. Harvard Univ.
3. Yale Univ.
6. Stanford Univ.
7. Univ. of Penn
8. Duke Univ.
9. Dartmouth College
10. Columbia Univ.