For continuing students, early registrations are scheduled in advance of the start of each semester. New students may register during the Orientation week prior to the start of each semester.
Although there are two terms in each semester, registration is for the semester as a unit. The normal number of credit hours carried during a semester is 16, with a range from 12 to 18. A minimum of 12 credit hours a semester must be carried to be classified as a full-time student, to be permitted residence in the residence halls, to participate in the Work Program, and to receive financial aid. A student must maintain an average of 16 credit hours each semester in order to accumulate a total of 128 hours required for graduation in eight semesters. Students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours during any one semester (maximum 22) must obtain permission, in writing, from the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs. There is a fee per credit hour for any hours beyond 18. All courses for which the student is registered at the end of the first four days are counted in the course load for the semester.
A student who plans to withdraw from a term or semester course after the Add/Drop period in the first term of a semester should be certain that adding another course in the second term will not result in more than 18 credit hours for the semester.