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Winter Session FAQs

Saint Louis University's Winter Session 2024-2025 will be offered from Dec. 16, 2024, to Jan. 12, 2025. For questions about the SLU Winter Session, please email

All classes are offered exclusively online — registration opens Monday, Oct. 14, 2024, and closes Monday, Dec. 9. Students may take only one course during the winter session. Each class is three credit hours. 

No incoming, first-time spring 2025 freshmen or students taking fall 2024 and/or spring 2025 Madrid courses may enroll in the winter session.

Find frequently asked questions and general information below. Visit Banner Self-Service for specific course details and registration. 

All courses are online asynchronous (self-paced on Canvas with deadlines for assignments, exams, etc.). 


If I don't take a winter session course, will I have a longer winter break? 

Yes. Students are not required to take classes during the winter session, as it is an optional term. For students not taking classes during the winter session, the break will last until the start of the spring semester in mid-January. 

Should I take a winter session course?

The decision to take an optional winter session course should involve a conversation with an academic advisor and/or a faculty mentor. A winter session course is a four-week online class (25 days) over the winter break, with 30-32 hours of dedicated coursework required each week. Additionally, there are only three days in which there will be no coursework or assignments/exams due: Dec. 24, 25, and Jan. 1. 

Prioritizing your mental health and well-being is critical, and taking time off during the winter break may be beneficial as you prepare for the spring semester. These factors and others should be considered before enrolling in a winter session class. 

For resources and information on student well-being at Saint Louis University, please visit our well-being resources page.

Who can enroll in classes during the winter session?

The winter session is open to current undergraduate students in good academic standing at Saint Louis University, including visiting students and students enrolled in the School for Professional Studies. No incoming, first-time freshmen or Madrid students are permitted to take classes through the winter session, including students who take Madrid Fall 2024 and/or Madrid Spring 2025 courses. Additionally, a winter session course cannot be your first class at Saint Louis University. 

What are the benefits of a winter session?

Participating in our optional winter session allows undergraduate students both online and on our physical campus to take courses required to complete their degree in a flexible way that fits their schedule. 

Can the winter session be taken on campus?

The winter session will be offered entirely online.

How can I register for a winter session course? 

If you are a current SLU student, you can register for a winter session course starting Oct. 14, 2024, via Banner Self-Service through your MySLU account. 

If you are a non-SLU student, please fill out the visiting student application, and a staff member will assist you with registration. 

Students can only take one winter session course. 

Will I be able to contact a staff member during the winter session?

A staff member at Saint Louis University will be available to answer questions during the winter session. Contact Jacob Wierson, assistant director, at for assistance. 

Registration and Class Information

When can I sign up for classes and how many credits may I take?

Registration will be open for the winter session via Banner Self-Service on Oct. 14, 2024. Winter 2024-2025 will be offered from Dec. 16, 2024, to Jan. 12, 2025. Students may take only one course during the winter session. Each class offered in the winter session is three credit hours.

When will registration close?

The registration period for the 2024-2025 winter session begins Oct. 14, 2024. Registration will close Friday, Dec. 9, 2024. 

Where can I get my textbooks? 

Students can acquire textbooks at the Saint Louis University bookstore in the Busch Student Center on campus. To purchase textbooks online or for store hours during the winter session, please visit their website

Will there be final exams during the winter session?

Consult the class syllabus for specifics on all class information, including assignments and examinations. There will be no classes or assignments due on Dec. 24, 25, or Jan. 1. 

What if I need accommodation for a winter session class? 

If you have questions or need assistance in submitting an accommodation for the winter session,  please contact Kendra Johnston, director of the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources, at or by phone at 314-977-2372.

There is an accessibility tool called Ally to increase usability for students who are interacting in a Canvas course. To learn more about how to use Ally in Canvas, visit this page

Tuition and Fees

What are the tuition and fees for the winter session?

Winter session tuition  is $770 per credit hour. There are no additional fees.

Winter session bills will be sent out to students in mid-December. Tuition is charged separately from the spring semester.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available on a limited basis for the winter session. Please contact Student Financial Services at 314-977-2350 or via email at

Will I be refunded if I drop a class during the winter session?

The tuition refund/drop/withdrawal schedule for winter 2024-2025 will be released soon. 

Campus Facilities

Students have access to certain campus facilities during the winter session. Below are the special hours for each building. 

Pius XII Memorial Library

Pius Library winter break hours for 2024-2025 will be released soon. 

Simon Recreation Center

The Simon Rec Center winter break hours in 2024-2025 will be released soon. 


For the latest information on hours for on-campus dining facilities, visit DineSLU.