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Full-Time vs. Part-Time Enrollment

How many hours are needed to be a full-time student?

If you're enrolled for 12 or more semester hours during the fall or spring semester, you're considered a full-time student. Special sessions of less than term length comprise a proportionate share of full-time or part-time enrollment.

If you're enrolled in a special session (such as Wintermester or Maymester), you should talk to your campus Admissions and Registrar Office to determine how special sessions might affect your enrollment status.

What is the maximum number of hours I can take?

Fall & Spring Course Load

12 hours is considered a full-time course load during a 16-week session of the fall or spring term.

The maximum load—with permission of the Vice President for Academic Affairs—is 18 semester hours.

The College reserves the right to limit the course load of any student.

Summer Course Load

6 hours is considered the most you should attempt during each 5-week session of the summer term.

The maximum load is 7 semester hours for one 5-week session.

The maximum credit that you can earn during the entire summer term shall not exceed the number of weeks of your summer enrollment, up to 17 semester hours.

The Maymester is considered part of the summer term.

For more information, visit our catalog.

Updated May 31, 2017