Understanding the U.S. Academic System

Quarter System

Strayer University offers yearly enrollment using a quarter system. This means that a new session starts four times each year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Students may start taking courses during any quarter. Students are required to enroll in three consecutive quarters before taking a break in enrollment.

What is a Syllabus?

At the beginning of each course, students will receive a syllabus. A syllabus is a course plan or outline that explains the requirements for the class. The syllabus usually lists the required textbooks, assigned readings, and the test or quiz schedule. Students are expected to complete all assignments listed in the syllabus.

Course Length

Strayer University runs on a standard 11-week quarter system. We also offer two mini-sessions per term; each mini-session is approximately 5 weeks in length.

Credit Hours

Undergraduate and graduate courses at Strayer University equal 4.5 credit hours. This is equivalent to 3.0 semester hours of transfer credit at schools on a semester schedule.

What is my Grade Point Average (GPA)?

Your quarterly grade point average (GPA) equals the number of grade points earned divided by the number of courses taken. A grade of “A” earns four grade points, “B” earns three grade points, “C” earns two grade points, “D” earns one grade point, and “F” earns zero grade points. Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0, and graduate level students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Grading System and GPA

Undergraduate students will receive one of the following letters upon completion of a course at Strayer University:

Grade xplanation Grading Scale Quality Points
A Excellent 90 – 100% 4.0
B Good 80 – 89% 3.0
C Average 70 – 79% 2.0
D Below Average 60 – 69% 1.0
F Failure 0 – 59% 0.0

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at studyintheus@strayer.edu