College Classes For Night Owls!


College students who dread the thought of waking up early in the morning may want to consider attending those schools offering late night classes. We took a look at that new trend in 2009 (see Midnight College Classes For Insomniacs), noting that colleges were seeking to keep up with sharply increasing enrollments by offering classes late at night. Apparently, the trend has stuck and includes accommodating students who simply prefer late night classes to those held during daylight hours.

Poli-Sci Class

Mansfield University in Pennsylvania is one of the latest schools to announce classes that start out late at night, offering a political science class at 9:45 p.m.[1] That subject may appeal to insomniacs who need help falling asleep or to students who crave a spirited debate when the rest of us are beginning to wind down for the night.

Illinois Central College pushes what its calls it flexible class formats which includes night owl classes. These classes begin anytime after 9 p.m. and, in some cases, are not done until 3 a.m. Six night owl classes were offered in the Spring 2010 semester and included a Medical Terminology class which was held from 9:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. This January will mark the third consecutive semester the East Peoria school has tried late night classes.

Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland has an appropriately named psychology course, Midnight Madness, which meets from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m.[2] This class was held on Wednesday evenings (Thursday mornings) this past semester and managed to keep its student participating well past 2 a.m.

Ideal Students

Who might be the ideal student for late night classes? Other than students who prefer to sleep during the day and stay up all night, second shift workers seem to be a good fit for such classes.

Until these classes came along, the only option for such students was online classes. Not a bad option, but if you prefer the company or your peers and the interaction with a professor, then online education may not be your cup of tea.

Night owl classes are new, but they aren’t the only “out of the ordinary” class schedules developed by educators. Community colleges, know for out of the box educating, have long held Saturday classes and some have even held classes on Sundays. Some schools have successfully started classes as early as 6 a.m., allowing early birds and night owls to get educated together.


[1] College Night Owls Get More Chances To Hit Books

[2] Anne Arundel Community College: College Offers Class Late Night Class

Photo Credit: Renate Kolloch


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