Online, J-Term & Summer


UD offers online courses during the fall, spring and summer terms. Online courses are indicated by a section number of 60-65. All undergraduate UD online courses are offered for 8 week terms.

Online courses are only recommended for students who have strong study skills, self-discipline and can work independently.


J-Term stands for January Term. It is an opportunity for students to focus on a single course and explore vocational possibilities via service learning, travel, and concentrated explorations. 

All UD students are required to take 1-2 J-Term courses during their time at UD. If students begin UD with less than 24 credits, they will need to take a minimum of two J-Term courses, one during their freshman year and another during a subsequent chosen year.

Only one course can be taken during each J-Term period. However, students can choose to take one J-Term course every year while at UD; there is no limit on how often students can take J-Term. JTerm registration opens the same time Fall registration opens, around April. 

For more information about J-Term and course descriptions, visit the J-Term page.


UD offers two summer sessions between the spring and fall semesters. In person classes are often four weeks long and online courses are eight weeks in duration.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students need to register for a minimum of six credits during the summer. Summer tuition and policies can be found on the Registrar’s Summer School webpage: UD summer school registration opens in late February / early March. 

Students can choose to take summer courses at other institutions, but should consult with their academic advisor and complete a Transfer Equivalency Form first. The Transfer Equivalency form provides confirmation that a course taken at another institution will transfer back to UD as anticipated. 


Keisha Schroeder   Director of Advising   563.589.3106 
Jane Boge  Academic Success Coach   563.589.3724


Center for Advising and Vocation: Lower Level Peters Commons
Academic Year Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Students can schedule an appointment by logging in to: during the academic year. If you have a UD email but have never used the program, you will first need to register for an account. You can then view Keisha and Jane's availability by selecting the "Advising" schedule from the drop-down menu.