Credit Load Recommendations and Maximum Limits


To earn an Associate degree in two academic years or a baccalaureate degree in four years, a student needs to complete an average of 15-16 credits each semester. To obtain additional credits, students may enroll in the Summer or Winter Sessions. Academic Advisors/counselors will assist students in planning their academic programs. A student is permitted to carry a maximum of eighteen (18) credits per semester. Students who wish to carry more than 18 credits must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and obtain the permission of the student’s Department Chairperson, Dean of the School, or Provost. The maximum number of credits a student is permitted to register for during the fall or spring is twenty-one (21) credits. Students may register for a maximum of eight (8) credits per Summer Session and eight (8) credits per Winter Session. Students on Academic Probation may be limited to a reduced number of credits in order to meet academic requirements.

Credit Hour

Semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments, except as otherwise provided pursuant to section 52.2(c)(4) of this Subchapter. This basic measure shall

be adjusted proportionately to translate the value of other academic calendars and formats of study in relation to the credit granted for study during the two semesters that comprise an academic year.