Colleges Launch Midnight Classes

Oversubscribed schools aim to accommodate unusual schedules
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2011 3:47 PM CDT
Colleges Launch Midnight Classes
Some colleges have begun offering midnight classes to accommodate students' work schedules.   (Shutterstock)

College students are famous for burning the midnight oil; now, professors are joining them. A "handful of colleges" throughout the US are offering late-night classes for their students—particularly those with kids or late shifts at work, USA Today reports. Leading the way are community colleges where enrollment is outpacing capacity. The odd hours allow classes to use campus space that’s filled throughout the day.

Such schools “would rather do anything than turn students away,” says a rep for a community college organization. It all began at a Boston institution that has facilities built for 2,500 students but 13,000 enrolled, when a teacher volunteered to lead a late-night class. In Maryland, a psychology class runs from midnight to nearly 3am. Many take it because it fits their schedule--though a few signed up thinking it started at noon. (More college stories.)

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