Student Load


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, 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 term is 12 semester credits. This is the maximum number of credits that can be earned during the summer term. Winter intersession 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 full-time, undergraduate students must carry a minimum of 12 semester credits during the semester and six credits during summer term. Half-time is based on six credits for a semester and three credits for summer term. Credits carried on an audit basis do not count as part of a load to establish full-time or half-time status for any type of eligibility — for sports, loans, etc. To qualify for federal student financial aid in the summer, students need to carry 12 credits to be full-time and six credits to be part-time.

UW-Extension Independent Learning courses taken during a regular term are considered part of an individual’s load for one term only. These courses, if properly approved, may count toward the undergraduate degree, but are not averaged into the cumulative grade point average.