A regular course load during a Fall or Spring term is 15 to 18 term hours, or five courses, excluding physical education, choir, or band. Only exceptional students may, with the approval of the provost, enroll for additional term hours of credit. Working students should consider the number of term hours they take in relation to the number of hours they work per week. It is unrealistic for students employed full-time to enroll in college full-time.
A useful guideline is that students should spend at least two hours studying for every hour they spend in the classroom. For example, a student taking 15 term hours assumes the responsibility for a minimum of 45 hours per week, 15 hours in class and 30 hours studying. The College reserves the right to limit the number of term hours that working students may attempt. The second digit of a course number indicates the credit hours associated with that course.
- The maximum course load during 16 weeks is 18 hours.
- The maximum course load permitted during both Summer sessions is 14 term hours, or 7 term hours per Summer 5-week part of term.
- The maximum load in a three-week mini session is 3 term hours.
- Students achieve full-time status when they enroll for 12 or more term hours in a full term, or Summer session.