Parts of Term

This web page is designed to outline and bring awareness to parts of term.  This page is under maintenance.

Parts of Term (P.O.T.)

Short courses, within a semester, have different start and end dates than regular full-semester courses, and the drop/add and refund deadlines are different than the deadlines for regular full-semester courses.

Visual representation of Parts of Term

Definitions

FULL TERM
A period of study of approximately 16 weeks during fall & spring and 11 weeks during the summer. 

HALF TERM
A period of study of approximately 8 weeks during fall & spring and 5 ½  weeks during the summer. Each full term will have two half-term sessions.
First Half Term
The first half of a full term, approximately 8 weeks during fall & spring and 5½ weeks during the summer.  This first half term aligns with the start of the full term.
Second Half Term
The second half of a full term, approximately 8 weeks during fall & spring and 5½ weeks during the summer.  This second half term aligns with the halfway mark of the full term.

QUARTER TERM
A period of study of approximately 4 weeks during fall & spring and 2½ weeks during the summer. Each full-term will have 4 quarter-term sessions
First Quarter
A period of study of approximately 4 weeks during fall & spring and 2½ weeks during the summer.  This first quarter term aligns with the start of the full term.
Second Quarter
A period of study of approximately 4 weeks during fall & spring and 2½ weeks during the summer.  This second quarter term starts ¼ into the full term.
Third Quarter
A period of study of approximately 4 weeks during fall & spring and 2½ weeks during the summer.  This third quarter term starts at the halfway mark of the full term.
Fourth Quarter
A period of study of approximately 4 weeks during fall & spring and 2½ weeks during the summer.  This fourth quarter term starts ¾ into the full term.

TRI-QUARTER TERM
A period of study of approximately 12 weeks during fall & spring and 8 weeks during the summer.  Typically, each full term will have two tri-quarter terms.
First Tri-Quarter
A period of study of approximately 12 weeks during fall & spring and 8 weeks during the summer.  This first tri-quarter aligns with the start of the full term but ends ¾ into that term.
Second Tri-Quarter
A period of study of approximately 12 weeks during fall & spring and 8 weeks during the summer.  This second tri-quarter starts ¼ into the full term but ends at the same time as the full term.

MINI SESSIONS
A period of study of 1 to 2 ½ weeks that typically occurs outside of the full-term class schedules. The number of mini-sessions will vary based on expected course offerings.
Mini-Fall
A period of study of 1 to 2½ weeks before or slightly overlapping the start of the Fall full term.
Mini-Winter
A period of study of 1 to 2½ weeks following the Fall term and before or slightly overlapping the start of the Spring full term.
Mini-Spring
A period of study of approximately 1 week during the Spring, usually in the middle of the Spring full term (i.e., Spring Break).
Mini-May
A period of study of approximately 2½ weeks following the Spring full term, during the month of May, and before the start of the Summer full term.

Reference Policies
Frequently Asked Questions

https://registrar.uncc.edu/advising-resources/parts-term/parts-term-faq