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 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).

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 Semester

Undergraduate Credit Hour Registration Limits

CollegeTerm Credit Hours
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
18
Architecture
18
Arts and Sciences
20
Business
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
19
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/wkTerm Credit Hours
Unemployed 15
1/3-time 12
1/2-time 10
Full-time 6

Spring Semester

Undergraduate Credit Hour Registration Limits

CollegePre-SessionRegular Academic SessionTerm Credit Hours
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
4
18
22
Architecture
4
17
21
Arts and Sciences
4
20
24
Business
4
19
23
Criminology and Criminal Justice
4
18
22
Education and Human Sciences
4
18
23
Engineering
4
19
23
Exploratory and Pre-Professional
4
18
21
Fine and Performing Arts
4
20
21
Graduate Studies
4
15
20
Journalism and Mass Communications
4
19
22
Intercampus (UNK, UNMC, UNO)
4
18
18
Visiting (Student-at-Large)
4
6
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/wkTerm Credit Hours
Unemployed 15
1/3-time 12
1/2-time 10
Full-time 6

Summer Semester

Undergraduate Credit Hour Registration Limits

College3-Weeks8-Weeks1st 5-Weeks2nd 5-WeeksTerm Credit Hours
Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources 3 9 6 6 15
Architecture 3 9 6 6 15
Arts & Sciences 4 10 7 7 14
Business* 4 9 7 7 14
Criminal Justice* 3 9 7 7 15
Education & Human Sciences 4 9 7 7 18
Engineering 3 9 7 7 15
Exploratory and Pre-Professional* 3 6 6 6 15
Fine & Performing Arts 3 9 6 6 15
Graduate Studies 3 9 6 6 15
Journalism & Mass Comm 4 9 7 7 18
Visiting (students-at-large, intercampus) 3 9 6 6 15

*A combination of registration for the 3-week session and the 1st 5-week session shall not exceed the limit allowed by the 3-week session.

 

Graduate Credit Hour Registration Limits 

Hours Employed/wk3-Week*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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