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Students who are enrolled for 12 credit hours or more during the fall or spring semesters are considered full-time*. A normal schedule consists of four or five major courses, subject to the following credit limitations:
  • For freshmen, a normal load should not exceed 17 credits, excluding SkilMod, military science, and activity courses in music and physical education. A reduced schedule of four academic courses, plus SkilMod, may be suggested for some freshmen by faculty advisors.
  • For upperclass students not on probation, a normal load should not exceed 18 credits, unless prescribed by the curriculum. An additional fee at the per-credit-hour rate applies to each credit in excess of 17.
  • Students on academic probation may not register for more than four academic courses, excluding SkilMod, military science and activity courses in music and physical education.
  • In determining course load for University purposes, registration as an auditor or pass/fail is included. Zero-level courses (e.g., MATH 010) also determine course load, although they do not count toward credit for graduation.


Any student registered or enrolled for fewer than 12 credits during the fall or spring semesters is classified as a part-time student. Part-time students admitted to the University's undergraduate division are also considered degree candidates. All other students attending on a part-time basis are classified as Professional and Continuing Studies (CEND) students, i.e., not pursuing a formal degree. For purposes of determining course load, registration as an auditor or pass/fail is included.


The Assistant Dean's office of the student's college may approve a course and credit load greater than those defined above if the student has a cumulative grade-point index of at least 2.5 and an index of at least 3.0 for the preceding semester. Students are never allowed to register for more than 22 credits-even if some courses are completed on a Pass/Fail or auditor basis. Additional fees must be paid when registering for more than 17 credits.


The definitions of full- and part-time stated above are those generally used by the University. Other organizations or agencies may use different definitions. Determinations of full- or part-time status for other purposes, such as Federal Financial Aid, eligibility for athletic participation under NCAA rules, scholarship eligibility, etc. are made using the guidelines of the governing organizations or agencies.  For example, for Federal Financial Aid reporting purposes, credit hours in courses a student is auditing or has withdrawn from do not count towards full-time status.  

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