Maximum Credit Hour Load

Your college determines your Maximum Credit Hour Load, and written permission from your college dean or advising center is required to exceed the credit hour maximum. The permission should be obtained on an "Override Authorization Form", which must be processed at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building South.

You should submit the form at the time of registration. The college dean's office for visiting students (students-at-large) and inter-campus students is the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (formerly General Studies), 127 Love Library South.

If the maximum credit hour limit established by your college is exceeded, you may be required to decrease your credit hour load for the semester.

Fall/Spring Semesters

Undergraduate Credit Hour Registration Guidelines

CollegeMax. Credit Hours
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
18
Architecture
17
Arts and Sciences
20
Business Administration
19
Criminology and Criminal Justice
18
Education and Human Sciences
18
Engineering
18
Exploratory and Pre-Professional
18
Fine and Performing Arts 20
Graduate Studies
15
Journalism and Mass Communications
18
Intercampus (UNK, UNMC, UNO)
18
Visiting (Student-at-Large)
6

Graduate Credit Hour Registration Guidelines

Unemployed graduate students may register for a maximum of 15 credit hours (including any undergraduate courses). Graduate students who are employed are advised not to exceed the following registration guidelines:

Hours Employed/wkMax. Credit Hours
Unemployed 15
1/3-time 12
1/2-time 10
Full-time 6

Summer Semester

Undergraduate Credit Hour Summer Registration Limits

CollegePre-Session8-Weeks1st 5-Weeks2nd 5-Weeks
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources 3 9 6 6
Architecture 3 9 6 6
Arts & Sciences 4 10 7 7
Business Administration 3 9 7 7
Criminal Justice 3 9 7 7
Education & Human Sciences 4 9 7 7
Engineering 3 9 6 6
Exploratory and Pre-Professional 3 6 6 6
Fine & Performing Arts 3 9 6 6
Graduate Studies 3 9 6 6
Journalism & Mass Comm 4 9 7 7
Nursing 3 6 7 6
Visiting (students-at-large, intercampus) 3 9 6 6

A combination of registration for the pre-session, 8-week session, and/or the 1st 5-week session shall not exceed the limit allowed by the 8-week session.

 

Graduate Credit Hour Summer Registration Limits 

Hours Employed/wkPre-Session*8-Week5-Week
0-7 3 9 6
8-16 2 8 5
17-20 2 6 4
more than 20 1 4 3

*One course permitted for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

 

Summer Student Enrollment Status by Credit Hours

StatusFull-Time3/4 time1/2 timeLess than 1/2 time
Undergraduate 9+ hours 6-8 hours 4-5 hours 1-3 hours
Graduate 6+ hours 4-5 hours 3 hours 1-2 hours

 

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