Session Classes

A session is a 7½ week time period held within the context of the full fall or spring semester, usually referred to as Session A or Session B. Generally, each fall or spring semester offers two adjacent sessions. Sometimes a session is referred to as “part of term”.


  • Beginning Spring 2019, UNC Charlotte will offer a limited selection of session classes. 
  • Session classes will have longer meeting times per day.

FAQs about session courses

A session is a 7½ week time period held within the context of the full fall or spring semester, usually referred to as Session A or Session B. Generally, each fall or spring semester offers two adjacent sessions. Sometimes a session is referred to as “part of term”.

Session courses are condensed to a 7½ week period. Session classes will have longer meeting times per day

No. Tuition cost is based on the number of credit hours per course. Since students are taking the same number of credit hours - albeit over a shortened time period - the cost is the same.

In Schedule Wizard, you can filter by “session” to view available classes for Session A or Session B.

Or you can view the schedule of classes by logging in to Banner Self-Service on My UNC Charlotte and following these steps:

  1. Click the Registration, Add/Drop icon under Quick links
  2. Click Add/Drop/Withdraw Classes
  3. Make sure the term selected in the drop-down box is correct
  4. Click Class Search

On the Class Search page, you can also click the Advanced Search button to search by session.

The dates on the Banner Self-Service schedule indicate the official start and end dates for classes.

Registering for session classes is the same process as registering for full-semester classes.

Any enrolled student who meets course prerequisites and/or other requirements can register for session classes.

Yes. Your financial aid package will include awards for classes you are taking during the full term, along with Sessions A and B. For example, if you are taking classes for Spring Session B, you will have registered for those classes at the same time you registered for your classes that last the full spring semester. Your award will include funding for all credit hours taken during spring, which includes those during Session B.

Your aid will be prorated if you do not begin attendance in Session A or B. Otherwise you will receive aid for all the courses you are registered for at the beginning of the semester. Financial aid awards are based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled during a semester. Your award will include funding for all credit hours taken during each semester, which would include any classes taken during Session A or B. However, if you do not begin attendance (or start) the A or B Session, your aid will be reduced.

You may need to repeat the course. Contact your academic advisor to discuss your options.

Since the session is held within a specific semester, you can only register for session classes during the same registration time period as the semester for which you are registering. For example, if you are a current student and you want to register for Session B of the fall semester, you will register for that session course during the fall registration time period, which ends in August. Refer to the academic calendar for the last date to register for classes.

You will get your grades for Session A courses at the end of Session A.

No, billing for tuition and fees does not differentiate a session class from a full-semester class.

Yes. Be aware of the drop deadlines posted on the academic calendar. Session A and Session B have different drop deadlines.

There are many things to consider when withdrawing from classes, including tuition refunds and financial aid calculations. Refer to this withdrawal page for more information on important things to consider before withdrawing from class. Session A and B have different withdraw deadlines.

No. The registration period for sessions are the same time period as for the full semester. Refer to the  academic calendar for registration dates.

Your final exam will be taken at or near the end of your session. Your instructor will indicate the time, date, and location of your exam.

Session course grades/progress will be evaluated at the end of the semester, along with your full-semester course grades/progress.

Yes. In Schedule Wizard, you can filter by “session” to view available classes for Session A or Session B.