Course descriptions for the summer are posted on the individual campus pages. The course catalog is published in January.
Each of Bread Loaf's three campuses offers a different set of courses, and the curriculum often takes advantage of the special location of each campus.
The normal course load in New Mexico and Vermont is two courses or "units," each carrying the credit equivalent of three semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. At Oxford the normal load is one two-unit course (six semester hours or 9 quarter hours of credit), with roughly half devoted to independent research. After the first summer, in exceptional circumstances only, students with an outstanding academic record (A/A+s) may request permission from the director to take a third course for credit in New Mexico or Vermont or an independent tutorial (for one unit of credit) at Oxford. There is an additional charge for the third course equal to one-half the stated tuition.
Students at the U.S. campuses have the option of taking just one course for credit. In New Mexico a student may live on or off campus and take one course for one-half the cost of tuition. Vermont offers two options: (1) a student living on campus and taking only one course pays for the normal course load (full tuition) or (2) a student living off campus may take one course and pay for only one course (half tuition). Oxford does not offer a one-course/unit option.