Academic Policies

Credit Definitions and Enrollment Policies

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Full-Time Student Status
Maximum Number of Units Allowed Per Semester

Full-Time Undergraduate Student Status

Full-time status for an undergraduate student varies with the college and study program, but ordinarily requires a course load of at least 12 units per semester. Students in doubt about their standing should check with the their college dean's office.

Full-Time Graduate Student Status

Fall and Spring Semesters

During the fall and spring semesters, full-time status consists of enrollment for 9 units of graduate credit. If the student holds a teaching or research assistantship or associateship, full-time status is 6 units of graduate credit. If the student is working on a thesis or dissertation and is only enrolled in 900-level units, full-time status is 3 units. If the student has completed all course work, the thesis/dissertation requirements, and is not receiving University funding, 1 unit of graduate credit will maintain full-time status. The full-time status enrollment minimums apply to students wishing to defer federal loan repayments and/or students receiving University funding.

Summer Sessions

During pre-session and first and second summer sessions, full-time status consists of enrollment for 6 graduate units or more in any combination of Pre-Session, First, and Second Summer Sessions. Some colleges (Agriculture & Life Sciences and Engineering) require a greater number of units to maintain full-time graduate status if the student is receiving any financial assistance from the college. A student whose financial aid agreement requires enrollment during the summer sessions should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to verify specific requirements. International students should check with the University's International Students Office to ensure that their registration is in compliance with their visa status.

Maximum Number of Units Allowed Per Semester

The maximum number of units allowed in fall and spring semesters is determined by the college in which you are enrolled.  Summer and winter unit maxima are determined by the session in which you are enrolled.  See below.  The maximum number of units include all work carried in residence as well as concurrent registration in correspondence, extension, or approved courses at other institutions.  Medical students please consult the College of Medicine.

Approval of the college dean is required for any student to exceed the maximum number of units allowed per semester.

Summer Session Unit Maxima:

  • Pre-session:  3 to 4 units (one course)
  • 1st Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)
  • 2nd Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)

Winter Session Unit Maxima:  3 to 4 units (one course)

Fall and Spring Unit Maxima:

College or School Maximum # of Units
Agriculture and Life Sciences 19
Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture 19
Education 19
Engineering 19
Family and Consumer Sciences, School of 19
Fine Arts 19
Graduate College 19
Humanities 19
Law 17
Letters, Arts and Science, Colleges of 19
Management 19
Medicine (Physiology Department) 19
Nursing 19
Pharmacy 19
Public Health 19
Science 19
Social and Behavioral Sciences 19
UA South 19

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