REG 02.20.05 - Course Load

Authority: Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

History: First Issued: 1966. Last Revised: May 25, 2012. 

Related Policies: 
NCSU REG02.15.05 – Graduate Registration and Residence Requirements

NCSU REG02.70.02 - Eligibility for Continued Receipt of Financial Aid

Contact Info: 
Department Registration and Records (919-515-2572)


1. UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE STUDENTS

1.1  The maximum course load for undergraduate degree students is 21 credit hours in a semester and two courses plus a physical education course in a summer session.  To carry more than the maximum, students must obtain the approval of their academic advisers and of their college deans.  Undergraduate students who propose to register for 19 or more credit hours in a semester must obtain approval from their academic advisers.  First semester freshmen with admissions indices less than 2.0 and continuing students with a grade point averages less than 2.0 should be advised to carry no more than 16 credit hours in a semester.

1.2  The minimum course load for full-time undergraduate degree students is 12 credit hours, except in their final semester when a lesser number may be taken if that is all the student needs to fulfill the requirements for a degree.  In order to receive financial aid a student must meet the minimum course load requirements of the appropriate funding agency.

1.3  The number of hours for which a student is officially enrolled is that number in which the student is enrolled for credit at the end of the second week of classes i.e., the last day to withdraw or drop a course with a refund.

2. UGS STUDENTS

2.1  The maximum course load for Undergraduate Studies Students (UGS) is two courses plus a physical education course in a regular semester or summer session.  Exceptions must be approved by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.  Exceptions must be approved by the Office of Adult Credit Programs & Summer Sessions.

3. PBS STUDENTS

3.1  The maximum course load for Post-Baccalaureate Studies Students (PBS) is two courses in a regular semester or summer session.  Individuals who are employed full-time should limit their registration to one course per semester or summer session.  Exceptions must be approved by the Office of Adult Credit Programs & Summer Sessions.

4. COOPERATIVE EDUCATION STUDENTS

4.1  Students in the Cooperative Education Program who are enrolled in a cooperative education course (i.e., COP 100) during the semester or summer session in which they are on a work assignment are certified by the Registrar to be full-time students even though academic credit is not granted for the cooperative education experience.  (See also Procedures For Determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress For Financial Aid in the Handbook for Advising and Teaching)

5. GRADUATE DEGREE STUDENTS

5.1  The maximum course load for graduate degree students is 15 credit hours in a semester and six credit hours in a summer session, for full-time students not holding assistantships.  Advisers should refer to the Graduate Catalog for maximum course loads for students on assistantships.  (See also Procedures For Determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress For Financial Aid in the Handbook for Advising and Teaching)

5.2  The minimum course load for full-time graduate students is defined in NCSU REG02.15.05 – Graduate Registration and Residence Requirements.  In order to receive financial aid, a student must meet the minimum course load requirements of the appropriate funding agency.