Requesting A Credit Overload

Credit Overload Applications are available in the Registrar's Office, Duffy 112.

The typical semester credit load for students pursuing a B.S.B.A. or aB.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics) is 15-17 credits. These students may enroll in up to 17 credits per semester without authorization.

The typical semester credit load for students pursuing a B.S. or a B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics is 16-18 credits. These students may enroll in up to 18 credits per semester without authorization.

Only in rare circumstances would a student be allowed take more than 20 credits in a given semester.

Students may petition to take a credit overload beyond 17 or 18 under the following conditions:

a) All students must have a minimum semester GPA or cumulative GPA of 3.30 prior to registering for an overload.

b) Students must receive the approval of their primary faculty advisor and the Registrar's Office to overload.

c) First-Year students may register for a maximum of two one-credit courses in a semester, but they may not take a sixth 3- or 4-credit course.

     i) First-Year B.S.B.A. and B.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics) students may be approved for a maximum of 19 credits.

     ii) First-Year B.S. and B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics students may be approved for a maximum of 20 credits.

d) Additional tuition will be charged on a per credit basis once students have reached the following semester limits:

     i) B.S.B.A and B.A. (other than in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics) students will be charged for any credits beyond 19 in a given semester.

     ii) B.S. and B.A. in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Dual-Degree, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, or Physics students will be charged for any credits beyond 20 in a given semester.

e) Required R.O.T.C. Military Science courses will be automatically approved, but the credit limits for tuition still apply.

f) Courses taken through the SACHEM or other consortium programs count toward the credit limits for tuition.

g) Registration for a 3 or 4-credit overload will normally take place during the first seven class days of each semester. Exceptions may be made for courses that have no enrollment caps (e.g. Directed Studies, Internships, or one-credit music classes).

h) The Assistant Dean of Academic Services and Advising in connection with the Standards & Standing Committee may approve exceptions to this policy in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Students seeking a B.A. or B.S.B.A. may enroll in up to 17 credits per semester (or 18 credits for B.S. programs). Students, after consulting with their faculty advisor, may petition to take a credit overload by completing a Credit Overload Application available on-line or in the Office of Academic Services.

Students will pay an additional fee for each credit registered for beyond 18 credits in a given semester (beyond 19 credits in the B.S. degree programs).

The following criteria apply to credit load:

  1. First year students are not allowed to take more than 17 credits per semester (18 credits for B.S. degree candidates) during the first academic year.
  2. Students must have a minimum semester GPA or cumulative GPA of 3.30 prior to registering for an overload.
  3. Registration for an overload will take place within the first seven class days of each semester, except for those courses that have no enrollment caps.
  4. The Assistant Dean of Academic Services may approve exceptions to this policy in the case of extenuating circumstances.