Summer Session at PSU offers over 1,110 classes, including hundreds of online courses

Summer Session 2019

For Taiga Drucker-Boisvert, taking Summer Session courses isn’t about exploring a new hobby or taking extra classes while basking in the Portland sunshine.  It’s about balancing the courses she takes at PSU more evenly across the school year with an eye towards finishing her degree on time.  

Taiga Drucker-Boisvert

“By knocking out eight credits this summer, I can reduce my load during the regular school year,” says Drucker-Boisvert, a sophomore mechanical engineering major in the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science.  “Instead of taking 18-20 credits a term, I can do 16 credits each quarter, be on the same path to graduate, and not burn myself out in the process.”

Many PSU students find that taking Summer Session classes helps them get ahead, complete required courses or condense an academic year class into an accelerated summer experience.  

With over 1,100 classes to fit every schedule, including hundreds of online courses, Summer Session helps many PSU students get across the graduation finish line faster.


Drucker-Boisvert, who was born in Haines, Alaska and grew up in Viroqua, Wisconsin, plans to take two online classes at PSU this summer — one to complete her sophomore inquiry requirement as part of the University Studies general education program, and another to complete one of the required courses in her major.

She likes the flexibility online courses provide, allowing her to live at home, avoid the commute to campus and still enjoy all that summer in Portland offers.  Many admitted students are eligible to receive some form of financial aid summer term as well.

“Sit down with your academic advisor and see what courses might make the most sense for you to take this summer,” Drucker-Boisvert advises.  “Depending on what classes you’re able to take, you might be able to graduate from PSU ahead of schedule.”



Story by Kurt Bedell

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Photo caption: Taiga Drucker-Boisvert is a sophomore mechanical engineering major in the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science.