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Take more to be sure
By now, you've seen the banners and signs around campus advising you to "take more to be sure." You'll need to take more classes each semesters to stay on track.
Semester classes last 15 weeks, and the credit hours are calculated differently (see below for the math). You'll need at least 12 credit hours per semesters to maintain full-time status for Financial Aid purposes. But 16 hours is really the way to go to finish in two years.
Check with your advisor to make sure you're on track. Plans of study have been revised for semesters, so be sure to get yours.
Adding classes to your semester schedule is important because:
- Semester classes earn fewer hours of credit; many are 3 credits or less.
- To meet full-time status (min. 12 hours), you’ll likely have to take 4 courses or
Example: 4 courses x 3 credit hours per course = 12 credit hours
- Most programs require 60 – 73 credit hours for degree completion.
- To meet degree requirements/graduate in 2 years, you’ll have to take 15+ credit hours.
Example: 15 hours/semester x 4 semesters = 60 credit hours (60 – 73 hours needed)
- You have 5 more weeks of in-class time and can handle another class.