The standard undergraduate load is 16 credits per semester. Credit loads of 19 or more constitute an "overload" and may be carried only if an application is made in writing, endorsed by the assigned faculty adviser, and approved by the dean of the school or college in which the applicant is enrolled. Overloads are not approved for first semester freshmen or for any student with a cumulative grade point average less than a 3.25.
The standard undergraduate load during a 12-week summer session is 12 semester credits. This is the maximum number of credits that can be earned during the summer session. Interim Session (J Term) credit load policy a student may earn, as a maximum, the number of credits corresponding to the number of weeks in any interim session i.e., three weeks = three credits.
To be considered fulltime, undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 semester credits during the semester and six credits during a summer session. Halftime is based on six credits for a semester and three credits for summer session. Credits carried on an audit basis do not count as part of a load to establish fulltime or halftime status for any type of eligibility for sports, loans, etc.
UW-Extension Independent Learning courses taken during a regular term are considered part of an individual’s load for one term only. Credits taken by correspondence, if properly approved, may count toward the undergraduate degree, but are not averaged into the cumulative grade point average.