Choosing Your Academic Load
Or "How many classes should I take?"
"I want to finish as quickly as I can - I’ve waited long enough to do this, I want to get done!"
How to Determine How Many Classes to Take
- If you work 30 – 40 hours or more/week, consider taking no more than 1-2 classes, or up to 5 credits per semester.
- If you work 20 – 30 hours/week, consider taking no more than 2-3 classes, or up to 6-9 credits per semester.
- If you work 10 – 20 hours/week, consider taking no more than 3-4 classes, or up to 9-12 credits per semester.
- If you work less than 10 hours/week, consider taking 4 or more classes, or up to 12-15 credits per semester.
Your work schedule, your other outside responsibilities and your individual strengths and/or weaknesses as a student will also help you decide on the number of classes you will select for a semester. These are recommended course loads. Remember that for each hour you spend IN class you will have up to 2-3 hours of preparation work OUT of class. If you are receiving Work Study through Financial Aid, those hours are part of your WORK LOAD. You are not required to be a full time student to receive the Pell Grant. Check with the Financial Aid Office for details!