Student Load and Classification

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The typical undergraduate student load is 12 to 17 semester hours per semester. A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for full time status, a load of six hours is considered half time for financial aid purposes(for more information, see financial information pages). The normal course load of 12 to 17 semester hours permits students to register for courses in applied music, basic physical education, and drama in addition to a typical academic load. Non-credit review courses are counted as part of a normal load, and students on probation or condition may be required to limit their load to 12 semester hours. In exceptional cases, a student may apply for permission, at the registrar’s office, to carry more than 17 semester hours. Such an application requires the recommendation of the student’s academic advisor or department chair and must be returned to the registrar’s office for approval. To be eligible for consideration, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, must have received no grades of incomplete during the previous two semesters, and is expected to limit outside employment.

Normal progress toward the degree for full-time students requires that a minimum of 12 semester hours be earned each semester. Normal progress also requires the completion of three interim courses. A more typical load is 31 semester hours per year, which enables most students to complete degree requirements in four academic years.

Undergraduate students are classified as first-year students until they have earned 27 semester hours of credit. Students with a minimum of 27 semester hours of credit completed will be classified as sophomores; those with 58, as juniors; and those with 89, as seniors. Classification for the purpose of college records will be revised at the beginning of each academic semester.

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