Semesters a first for UC's freshmen class

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The incoming class at the University of Cincinnati, who begin orientation Thursday, will be the first group of freshmen in 48 years to enter the university under a semester calendaring system.

The change comes in accordance with a strategic plan for higher education created by the University System of Ohio. UC officials say that semesters will benefit students by allowing for more in-depth teaching and classroom projects, creating greater opportunities for collaborative research, and increasing students' freedom to study abroad.

In addition, under the new semester schedule, students will also graduate earlier in the year than with quarters, which may give them an early jump on the job market.

The university had shifted from semesters to academic quarters in 1964 in order to address the needs of the growing college-age population.

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