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Academics FAQ

booker t. washington students

How many classes should I take?

Many of our students have to balance jobs, families, and school. There is no perfect formula for success. Our job is to help each student determine the ideal balance to be successful. For some, this means being a part-time student which is two classes per term. Most full-time students take three classes though some have even taken four.Some students transition between part- and full-time during the academic year to best match their academic schedule with demands outside the classroom.

How long do I have to stay at Booker T. Washington Center before I transfer to another Mercyhurst campus or another university?

An academic plan is established for each student to ensure success at the next stage of education. For some, this means transferring very quickly, after a semester or two, while for others may take a class or two at the Erie or North East campuses to help with their transition.

For more information on transferring to Mercyhurst University's Erie campus, visit the Internal Transfer webpage.

Who is your typical student?

There are three main types of students we get at the BTW Center. The first is the student that is returning to University. For a multitude of reasons, this individual stopped going to school and is looking for a second chance. Some return after one semester, while it may take some twenty years for their second chance. The second type of student at the BTW Center knows they want to go to school, but may be uncertain on where or a major. The BTW Center offers this student an opportunity to continue to make academic progress while they determine their future plans. The third type is the economically conscientious student. They understand the importance of a University education, but also appreciate the ability to take classes at the BTW Center at an affordable cost.