Normal Load and Overload

A normal load for undergraduate students is from 12 to 16 credits in the Fall and Spring semesters, and from 3 to 5 credits in the Winter semester. Financial-aid eligibility often requires that a student maintain full-time status, which means that a student be registered for at least 12 credits during the Fall semester and at least 12 credits during the Spring semester. Varsity athletes, international students, and recipients of Veteran's benefits typically must register for at least 12 credits in the Fall, 3 credits in Winter, and 12 credits in the Spring semesters. Higher loads are permitted in Fall and Spring, but not in Winter, with signed permission from the major advisor, for students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and no outstanding grades of Incomplete. Overloads may not exceed 18 credits in the Fall and Spring, or 5 credits in Winter. Students who have accrued 90 or more credits and have a graduation application on file in the Registrar's Office are exempt from Fall and Spring limitations.