Policy Title

Undergraduate Course Load




This policy applies to undergraduate students.

Policy Number:
Effective Date:04/01/2009
Date Reviewed: 05/01/2009
Last Review Date: 04/20/2021
Responsible Official: Academic Leadership Council
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1.0 Specific meanings of bold terms seen throughout this policy can be found within the University's policy definition glossary by following the link below.

1.1 http://www.winthrop.edu/policy-definitions-glossary

While the normal course load for an undergraduate student is 15 to 17 hours per semester during the fall or spring, a full-time course load may range from 12 to 18 hours. In determining course load, freshmen, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should take into consideration high school performance, ACT/SAT scores, high school grade-point average, and the amount of time available to apply to the academic course work. A continuing student with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or higher may take a course overload of up to 21 hours. A student with less than a 3.00 grade-point average must request approval for an overload from the Undergraduate Petitions Committee.

An undergraduate student may not enroll for more than six hours in summer session A (Maymester). A student may enroll in a total of 14 hours in session B. Sessions C and D each have a 7-hour maximum. However, the total hours taken during B, C, and D sessions may not exceed 14.

SIS codes will not allow students to register for more than a certain number of hours in the spring and fall semesters. Summer registration is scanned by the Office of Records and Registration to catch overloads in the various sessions.

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