This page compares the quarter and semester systems as found in US universities. These are two different systems for organizing academic terms. See also the Wikipedia page Academic term.
|Quora|| Do you prefer colleges with trimesters, semesters, or quarter schedules?|
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the quarter system over the semester system (for college education)?
|College Confidential||Nothing of high quality, but consider Google Search on quarter and semester on College Confidential|
|About.com||On Young Adults: Quarter System and Semester System|
|Criterion||Quarter system||Semester system|
|Example universities||University of Chicago, Stanford, Northwestern||MIT, Princeton, Harvard (note that MIT has a somewhat unusual structure because they have a separate Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January).|
|Number and timing of terms||Three major academic terms (called quarters): Fall or Autumn (late September-December), Winter (January-March), and Spring (March-June). An additional Summer Quarter late June-August.||Two major academic terms (called semesters): Fall (August-December or September-January), Spring (January or February to May). An additional summer term May-July or June-August|
|Duration of terms||Typically, the quarter has ten weeks of academic study and one week of final exams. Summer Quarter may be somewhat shorter, at 8-10 weeks.||Typically, the semester has fifteen weeks of academic study and one week of final exams. See here for more.|