Adjusting Max Hours

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Adjustment of Maximum Hours


Approval for a registration overload must be requested by the student. The student's advisor should complete the Adjustment of Maximum Hours form, obtain the appropriate Dean's signature, and forward the fully-endorsed form to either the Registration Office (for undergraduates), Graduate Registration (for graduate students), or the Registrar's Office in the School of Law (for Law students) for final processing. This form may also be used to lower a student's maximum hours.

What are the maximum registration hours normally permitted for students?

During a regular 16-week Fall or Spring semester:

  • for undergraduates, 18 hours (14 hours if on probation);
  • for most graduate students¹, 16 hours; and,
  • for Law students, 18 hours.

During a Summer session:

  • for undergraduates, 9 hours (7 hours if on probation);
  • for graduate students, 9 hours; and,
  • for Law students, 9 hours.

Individual departments may restrict their students to a lower number of maximum hours if they believe that their program(s) warrant that.  Individual departments may also request that the maximum hours be raised for their students if they believe that their program(s), especially during Summer sessions, warrant that (though that will likely require the appropriate Dean's approval).

University employees and graduate assistants are restricted in their maximum hours.  See chapter 2 of the Undergraduate Catalog (Grading and Scholastic Regulations section, Academic Load subsection) or chapter 1 of the Graduate Catalog (General Regulations and Procedures section, Graduate Student Course Loads subsection) for more details on these and other maximum hour restrictions.

¹ Graduate students in ECE are limited to 12 hours, while those in CS are limited to 9 hours (though, effective Spring 2016, CS Ph.D. students will be limited to 10 hours).