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Typically, students are only able to take up to 18 credit hours per semester or 7 credits in each summer session. Students may petition to register for more credits in a given semester by submitting a Course Overload Petition.
When requesting a course overload, first talk to your academic advisor to confirm that the overload is necessary based on a thorough evaluation of your DARS. Your advisor might be able to find a way to meet your requirements more efficiently.
If you move forward with submitting a request, you need to have a legitimate academic reason for making the request and be able to describe in detail how you will meet the demands of a heightened workload.
To be considered for an overload, you must meet the following requirements:
The college typically expects students to also meet the following cumulative GPA requirements. However, your recent academic performance as well as other commitments will be considered in evaluating your request.
|Fall or Spring C:||19 hours = 2.5 or higher; 20-21 hours = 3.0 or higher; 22 or more hours= 3.4 or higher|
|Fall or Spring A/B:||10 hours = 3.0 or higher; 11 or more hours= 3.4 or higher|
|Summer A/B:||8-9 hours = 3.0 or higher; 10 or more hours = 3.4 or higher|
|Fall/Spring Term Limits||Summer Session Limits|
|18 Credits||9 Credits||18 Credits||7 Credits||9 Credits||14 Credits|
Where do I submit/Who reviews my Course Overload Petition?
The amount of credits you are requesting determines who will review your petition and where you should submit the form. Who reviews your form will also determine how soon you need to submit your form in order to receive a decision prior to the start of the session.
|Number of Credits Required||Who will review?||Where to submit?||Decision Prior to Start of Session?|
|Fall or Spring: 21 or fewer credits|
Fall or Spring A/B: 10 or fewer credits
|Your academic advisor||Your academic advisor's office|
or via email
|Appointment prior to start of session|
|Fall or Spring C: 22-24 credits|
Fall or Spring A/B: 11-12 credits
Summer A/B: 8-9 credits
|CLAS Dean's Office|
(one week review time)
|Fulton Center Suite 110|
|Submit at least five business days prior to start of session|
|Fall or Spring C: Over 24 credits|
Fall or Spring A/B: Over 12 credits
Summer A/B: Over 9 credits
|CLAS Standards Committee|
(several weeks review time)
|Fulton Center Suite 110|
|Submit at least one month prior to start of session|
To submit a Course Overload Petition, download this form and follow the additional directions listed on the form.