Office of Undergraduate Studies

Course Loads and Overloads

In order to be classified as a full-time student, a student must enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours by the end of the drop/add period. The normal full-time load is 12-19 semester hours. Eligibility for many forms of financial aid and for participation on intercollegiate, varsity sports teams requires full time status. Students registering for fewer than 12 semester hours are classified as part-time and charged tuition on the basis of the number of semester hours being taken.

Continuing students may carry 20-21 hours if they have a cumulative average of 3.200 or better. To register for 22 or 23 hours, a minimum average of 3.500 is required. Any schedule of more than 19 hours requires a dean’s approval. Graduating seniors may be approved for overloads if they need such a schedule in order to graduate at the end of the semester in question.