Academic Load

A standard course load over a 16-week semester is 15 credits. This is the most common load leading to graduation in four years. Students are discouraged from carrying an overload. An overload is defined as more than 18 credits in a 16-week semester and must be approved via petition. Under no circumstances is a student to enroll in more than 21 credits in a 16-week semester.

Summer semester is 13 weeks. A student may enroll in no more than 15 credits without special approval. The maximum credits for each session are as follows:

Parts of Term

Full Load

Overload by Petition*

Maymester

3 credits

4 credits

1st 5 week session

6 credits

7 credits

2nd 5 week session

6 credits

7 credits

10 week session (occurs during both 5 week sessions)

12 credits

13-14 credits

Under no circumstances is a student to enroll for more than 18 credits in the 13-week summer semester.

*Petitions for overload may be obtained on the Office of the Registrar website in the forms link. Petitions must be signed by the student’s advisor and chair of the student’s major department. If the student’s cumulative grade-point average is below 3.000, the petition also requires approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Students taking an overload are assessed a surcharge for each overload credit.

The completed petition must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.