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I-39: Academic Load

Policy Number: I-39
Last Reviewed: March 26, 2015
Responsible Dept.: Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs

A signed copy of this policy is available in the President's Office.

The normal academic course load for students is 15-17 credits. The minimum full-time academic course load is 12 credits. The maximum full-time load allowed is 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters and 12 credit hours during the summer semester, excluding Student Development courses (SDV 100, 108 or 101).

Students wishing to exceed these maximum full-time loads must complete and submit an Academic Overload Request Form (PDF) to the Admissions Office for review by the Admissions Office Manager. Students must possess a 3.0 GPA in order to qualify for academic overload. No student will be permitted to exceed 22 credits during the fall or spring semester or 16 credits during the summer semester.

Dual enrollment students will not be considered for an academic overload.

Students will be required to take less than the minimum full-time academic load if they are on academic probation.

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