Academic Load

College of Engineering Policy


Students are expected to be enrolled on a full-time basis. To be considered a full-time undergraduate degree candidate, a student must be registered in a minimum of three 4-credit courses (12 credits). Students ordinarily are expected to proceed at the rate of 16–18 credits per semester.

Students are not prohibited from taking more than 18 credits, regardless of their GPA. However, if they have less than a 3.0 GPA, students will be assessed tuition for the extra credits. Students who want a tuition waiver must complete an Overload authorization form. A waiver will be granted if their cumulative GPA is at least 3.0. Seniors will automatically be able to overload. They are not required to complete an Overload authorization form.

Enrollment in fewer than three courses (12 credits) in any semester requires advance approval for part-time status from the Undergraduate Records office.


Continuing students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better are eligible for a waiver of tuition charges beyond 18 credits, but for no more than an additional 2 credits. Students must submit a request in writing for a waiver, specifying the coursework involved, to the Engineering Graduate Programs office.