Each course listed in this catalog is described in semester credit hours. A credit is a unit of academic achievement that is awarded upon successful completion of a course and not necessarily an indicator of transferability of credit. A credit hour is defined as: (1.) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2.) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in (1.) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution.
Goodwin College offers three semesters in a calendar year beginning in January, May, and September. Each semester is 15 weeks in length. Two semesters constitute an academic year for purposes of financial aid. Day and evening courses are usually either 7 1/2 or 15 weeks in length.