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Course Load

Undergraduate Degree Students

The maximum course load for undergraduate degree students is 21 credit hours a semester and two courses plus a health and exercise studies course in a summer session. Undergraduate students who wish to register for more than 18 hours during the fall or spring semester must obtain approval from their academic advisor. Students who wish to register for more than 21 hours during the fall or spring semester must complete a Schedule Revision Form. Schedule Revision Forms are available from the student’s departmental office. First semester freshmen with admissions indices less than 2.000 and continuing students with a grade point average less than 2.000 should be advised to carry no more than 16 credit hours in a semester. 

The minimum course load for full-time undergraduate degree students is 12 credit hours, except in their final semester when a lesser number may be taken if that is all the student needs to fulfill the requirements for a degree. In order to receive financial aid, a student must meet the minimum course load requirements of the appropriate funding agency. In addition, students who drop below 12 credit hours may not be eligible for medical and dental insurance on their parent’s insurance policies. The number of hours for which a student is officially enrolled is that number in which the student is enrolled for credit at the end of the second week of classes (i.e., the last day to withdraw or drop a course with a refund).

Undergraduate Studies Students (UGS)

The maximum course load for UGS students is 8 credit hours in a regular semester or summer session. 

Post-Baccalaureate Students (PBS)

The maximum course load for PBS students is 8 credit hours in a regular semester or summer session. Individuals who are employed full-time should limit their registration to one course per semester or summer session.

Cooperative Education Students

Students in the Cooperative Education Program who are enrolled in a cooperative education course (i.e. COP 100) during the semester or summer in which they are on a work assignment are certified by the University Registrar to be full-time students even though academic credit is not granted for the cooperative education experience.

Graduate Degree Students

The maximum course load for graduate degree students is 15 credit hours in a fall or spring semester and 6 credit hours in a summer session, for full-time students not holding assistantships. Advisors should refer to the Graduate Catalog for maximum course loads for students on assistantships.

The minimum course load for full-time graduate students in defined in REG 02.15.05 - Graduate Registration and Residence Requirements.

REG 02.20.05 - Course Load is available to view in full on the University's Policies, Regulations and Rules website.