The Catholic University of America Approved Scheduling Pattern

Effective beginning Fall 2013

Time Periods: Monday-Friday

Period 75 Minute Classes 50 Minute Classes 150 Minute Classes
1* 8:10-9:25 8:10-9:00 8:10-10:40
2 9:40-10:55 9:40-10:30 *** 9:40-12:10
3 11:10-12:25 11:10-12:00 11:10-1:40
4 12:40-1:55 12:40-1:30 12:40-3:10
5 2:10-3:25 2:10-3:00 2:10-4:40
6 3:40-4:55 3:40-4:30 3:40-6:10
7 5:10-6:25 5:10-6:00 5:10-7:40
8** 6:40-7:55 6:40-7:30 6:40-9:10
*Classes can start anytime before or within period one as long as they end by 9:30 am. **There is no conforming time requirement for classes starting after 7:30 pm. ***FYE classes will meet MWF 9:10 am & 10:10 am
  • Classes must begin and end according to the grid. All classes meeting for 75-minute sessions must begin at the start times in the first column and those in the 50 minute sessions must start at the times in the second column.
  • Meeting patterns:
    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday- for 50-minutes classes that meet three times a week
    • Monday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Friday, Monday/Friday and Tuesday/Thursday- for 75-minute classes that meet two times per week
    • One day per week classes may be scheduled on any day of the week at the 150 minute class times.

Notes: courses that meet for 50 minutes, three times a week must meet on MWF. Unfortunately allowing any other three-day combinations would lead to extensive complications in student schedules.

Distribution Constraints

Constraints are applied to all classes that have a meeting pattern. The constraints are applied to courses that meet in department spaces. Independent studies and courses without meeting patterns won't be counted. Off-Campus courses are not counted, and the above schedule does not apply.

  • Departments may schedule UP TO 50% of all their classes during periods 3-5 (prime time).
  • Classes that span multiple periods will be counted multiple times.
  • Departments may schedule UP TO 50% of their courses in the T/TH meeting pattern
  • Of the courses offered two days per week on any combination of MWF, departments can only have 50% offered on MW. Departments must balance MW offerings with an equal number of MW and/or WF offerings.
  • Once-per-week classes must start according to the 150-minute meeting blocks.
  • If the once-per-week class starts prior to period 7 it must be paired in a two-day per week meeting pattern (MW, WF, TR) indicated above. For example, a M class starting in period 2 must be balanced with another W class starting in the same period. This matching provision does not apply to classes offered on Friday, beginning with period 6 and later.

Additional clarifications:

  • Very small departments will have difficulty meeting constraints regarding the spread of courses. Therefore, departments offering 6 or fewer courses per semester do not have to meet this or other percentage constraints, but they are expected nonetheless to provide a reasonable spread of courses over the day and week.
  • Classes can start anytime before or within period one as long as they end by 9:30 am.
  • There is no conforming time requirement for classes starting after 7:30 pm
  • FYE sections will continue to meet at the 9:10 and 10:10 time on MWF.
  • There are no specific patterns/constraints that must be followed in summer sessions although departments should be cognizant that they are scheduling classes in a manner which provides all required contact hours.  A recommended scheduling grid for summer sessions can be found here.