Maximum Semester and Wintersession Term Credits

The normal credit load is 12-15 credits per semester, and 3 credits in the Wintersession term. The maximum credit load for fall and spring semesters is 16 credits and 6 credits during Wintersession. The semester credit limit includes any courses taken simultaneously at another institution, including Brown University.

During Fall and Spring, students wishing to exceed this maximum should use the ‘Request for Exception to Academic Policy’ form, available from the Registrar’s office to seek approval from their Department Head and Academic Advisor. During Fall and Spring Semester, students may not exceed 18 credits. Exceptions must be received by the Registrar’s office by the Add/Drop deadline.During Wintersession, no exceptions to the 6 credit maximum rule are allowed. For information on Summer, refer to Academic Year and Course Credit Load.