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), 33 Canfield Administration Building North.

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

College
Max. 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

 

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:

Credit Hour Registration Guidelines - Graduate
Hours Employed/wk Max. Credit Hours
Unemployed 15
1/3-time 12
1/2-time 10
Full-time 6

 

 

Summer Semester

Credit Hour Summer Registration Limits - Undergraduate
College    Pre-Session     8-Weeks     1st 5-Weeks 2nd 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 3 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.

 

Credit Hour Summer Registration Limits - Graduate
Hours Employed/wk Pre-Session*      8-Week          5-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
     Full-Time            3/4 time           1/2 time      Less 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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