Student Course Loads

The normal course load for full-time students is 15 to 18 credit hours per semester, but will vary with students’ curriculum and scholarship record. Additional tuition is charged for a course load of more than 18 credit hours. Permission to carry excess credit hours (more than 18) requires, among other considerations, at least a 3.0 average in the previous semester and permission of the assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Boler College of Business. The minimum course load for full-time students is 12 credit hours. Students are responsible for judging the prudent ratio between credit-hour load, co-curricular activities, and outside employment in order to allow sufficient time for academic preparation. Academic responsibilities are expected to have first priority.

Students on academic probation are required to take a reduced schedule (normally 12-13 credit hours in full-time programs) while their probation lasts.

Certain programs requiring more than 120 credit hours (e.g., some programs in education or science) cannot be fulfilled in the usual eight semesters of full-time attendance. In entering these programs, students who plan to graduate in four years should count on fulfilling at least some course requirements by taking summer classes.