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Winter Session FAQs

The 2020-2021 winter session offers two sessions. Winter session 1 is December 14, 2020 - January 10, 2021 and winter session 2 is from December 14, 2020 - January 17, 2021. Winter session registration is now closed. 

Winter Session 1 (Four Weeks): Dec. 14, 2020 - Jan. 10, 2021

College of Arts & Sciences

  • ANTH 1200: Introduction to Anthropology (Online Asynchronous)
  • ART 2500: Computer Art I (Online Synchronous; Live meeting time: Wednesdays 3-5 p.m.)
  • ENGL 2650: Technology, Media and Literature (Online Asynchronous) 
  • FRSC 2600: Survey of Forensic Science (Online Asynchronous)
  • HIST 1110: Origins of the Modern World to 1500 (Online Asynchronous)
  • HIST 1120: Origins of the Modern World: 1500 to Present (Online Asynchronous)
  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality (Online Asynchronous)
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics (Online Asynchronous)
  • POLS 1100: Introduction to American Government (Online Asynchronous)
  • PSY 1010: General Psychology (Online Asynchronous)
  • PSY 4390: Abnormal Psychology (Online Asynchronous)
  • SOC 1120: Introduction to Sociology: Diversity and Health Emphasis (Online Asynchronous)
  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations  (Online Asynchronous)
  • WGST 1900: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Online Asynchronous)

Doisy College of Health Sciences

  • HSI 2200: Medical Terminology (Online Asynchronous) 


  • Online Asynchronous: Course is self-paced; no live meeting times
  • Online Synchronous: Course meets weekly over Zoom
Winter Session 2 (Five Weeks) - Dec. 14, 2020 - Jan. 17, 2021

College of Arts & Sciences

  • ENGL 3180: Film (Online Asynchronous) 
  • CATH 2930: Special Topics (Online Asynchronous)*
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics (Online Asynchronous)
  • PHIL 2930: Special Topics (Online Asynchronous)*
  • THEO 2930: Special Topics (Online Asynchronous)*

*Cross-listed with HUM 2930: Moral Thought of J.R.R. Tolkien

School for Professional Studies

  • HUM 2930: Moral Thought of J.R.R. Tolkien (Online Asynchronous)**
  • SSI 4010: Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (Online Asynchronous)**

**Traditional undergraduate students wanting to take a winter course in the School for Professional Studies must receive approval from their college or school.  Please see the below FAQ titled "Who can enroll in classes during the winter session?" for more information. 


  • Online Asynchronous: Course is self-paced; no live meeting times

All classes are offered exclusively online; registration opens on October 20, 2020 and concludes on December 9, 2020. Students may take only one course during the winter session in either the four or five week session. Each class is three credit hours. 

No incoming, first-time spring 2021 freshmen or students taking fall 2020 Madrid courses can enroll in the winter session.

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

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 into their schedule. 

Can winter session be taken on campus?

The winter session will be offered entirely online.

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. A winter session course cannot be your first class at Saint Louis University. 

Traditional undergraduate students wanting to take a winter course in the School for Professional Studies (please see course listings above) must receive approval from their college or school. In conjunction with your academic advisor, submit the Petition to Enroll in SPS Course by non-SPS Student to begin the approval process. 

Please note: Tuition reduction for School for Professional Studies partnership students does not apply to the winter session.  

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 on October 20 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 from the Summer-Winter Office at Saint Louis University will be available to answer questions during the winter session. Contact Jacob Wierson, summer-winter program coordinator 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 October 20, 2020. Students may take only one course during the winter session. Each class offered in the winter session is three credit hours.

If you are a traditional undergraduate student at SLU registering for a course in the School for Professional Studies and need assistance, please contact the School for Professional  Studies at 314-977-2330 or and an SPS academic coach will assist you. 

When will registration close?

The registration period for the 2020-2021 winter session will begin on October 20, 2020 and end on December 9, 2020. 

Where can I get my textbooks? 

Students can acquire textbooks at the Saint Louis University Bookstore located 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 winter session?

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

Is tutoring and writing support available during winter session? 

The department of Academic Support has partnered with the Summer-Winter Office and Distance Education Office to provide Smarthinking for the winter session. Smarthinking is an online tutoring tool, offering students course-based tutoring sessions for select courses and writing feedback. 

In addition to Smarthinking, University Writing Services will also offer asynchronous and synchronous consultations. Students may schedule an appointment with a writing consultant through EAB Navigate, available in the Tools section of the MySLU portal. Consultants will be available from December 7 through January 16 (please note: University Writing Services will be closed December 24 to January 1).

For more information on University Writing Services and Smarthinking, please contact Kelly Herbolich, director of Academic Support at

What if I need an 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 Disability Services at or by phone at 314-977-2372.

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 on December 10, 2020. 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 schedule for the 2020-2021 winter session is as follows: 

  • Last Day to Drop with 100% Refund: December 27, 2020
  • Last Day to Withdraw with 60% Refund: January 3, 2021
  • Last Day to Withdraw with 0% Refund: January 10, 2021

Campus Facilities

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

Pius Library

Pius Library hours during winter session 2020-2021: 

December 24 , 2020 - January 3, 2021: Closed

General building hours during winter break: 

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Sundays: Closed 
Simon Recreation Center

Simon Recreation Center winter break hours for 2020-2021: 

December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021: Closed 

General building hours during winter break: 

  • Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

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