The academic calendar is based on semesters. Semester I (September through mid-December) and Semester II (January through mid-May) each contains 14 weeks of instruction plus one week of final exams. The standard class period is 55 minutes. Additionally, winter intersession provides an intensive three-week term in January. Numerous workshops and special courses are offered throughout the year and may meet in an abbreviated time frame. Grades can be posted after a course has ended; however, official grade point averages are updated at the end of the term only.

Summer term consists of three four-week sessions, beginning in late May and ending in mid-August. The university provides many courses ranging from General Education offerings to specialized courses for majors. There also are undergraduate and graduate level certification and up-date courses for school professionals and others. 

A select number of programs require year-round attendance.