Full- or Part-Time Status/Study Load

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students registered for 12 or more semester credits are classified as full-time students, and those enrolled in 6 credits are considered part-time students. To complete an undergraduate program in four years, you must earn 16 or 17 credits each semester. You may enroll in up to 18 credits per semester without special permission. To enroll in more than 18 credits you need a 3.0 cumulative GPA and an overload approval from your advisor.

Credits carried at any UA unit (or any combination of UAF/UAA/UAS) are used to determine study load hours and full-time or part-time classification. Audited courses, courses taken for credit by examination and yearlong correspondence study courses are not included in the study load computation.

Graduate Students

A graduate student registered for 9 or more semester credits, with 3 or more at the 600 level, is classified as a full-time student. A graduate student enrolled in 5 credits is classified as part-time. Except in unusual circumstances, enrollment in the fall/spring semesters is limited to 1 credit per week. You may enroll in up to 14 credits per semester without special permission. To enroll in 15-19 credits you must be in good standing and obtain an overload approval from your advisor and department chair. Enrollment in more than 19 graduate credits will be allowed only in extraordinary circumstances, and requires good standing and overload approval from your advisor, department chair, dean and the dean of the graduate school.

Enrollment in the three-week summer session is limited to 3-4 credits per session, and enrollment in the six-week summer session is limited to 6-8 credits per session.

Credits carried at any UAF department are considered in determining study load hours and full-time or part-time classification. Courses that are audited are not included in the study load computation.