It is acceptable to take required courses in summer school. Although
summer school course grades are not factored into your Colby GPA, they do
count toward your overall and science GPAs for the purposes of application to professional
You should seek advice on the merit of a specific summer course from
the appropriate Colby department.
If you want the credits earned to count toward graduation, you will
need to obtain formal pre-approval from that Colby department. (See the
Registrar for transfer of credit information.) However, you can take
pre-professional courses without having them approved by the College if
you do not need, or want, the credit to count toward graduation. Colby
will not grant retroactive credit for courses taken during the summer
-- you must make all arrangements ahead of time.
It is important that summer school courses be taken at 4-year
institutions so that you will learn as much as possible. You should
consult with a member of the Committee, and/or with the Colby
department(s) most directly related to the intended course(s),
regarding your choice of an institution. Most health professions
schools will not accept pre-health pre-requisite credits from community
colleges or on-line courses. Ideally, any course you take will be equal in rigor to the same or similar course taken at Colby.