Maximum Credit Hour Policy - Undergraduate and Graduate

Statement of Policy

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students do not register for an excessive amount of credit hours in any given term that would adversely affect their academic success.

Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate enrolled students may register for no more that 24 credits in a trimester
  • Students are also limited to registering for no more than 12 credits in 8 week courses per term.
  • The maximum number of credits that a undergraduate enrolled student can be registered at any given time is 18.
  • This policy pertains to Excelsior online, face-to-face, and CD-ROM courses but does not apply to Excelsior College® Examinations.

Graduate Students

  • Graduate enrolled students may register for no more than 16 credits in a trimester.
  • Students are also limited to registering for no more than 8 credits in 8 week courses per term.
  • The maximum number of credits that a graduate enrolled student can be registered at any given time is 12.
  • This policy pertains to Excelsior online, face-to-face, and CD-ROM courses but does not apply to Excelsior College Examinations.

Note: See Full-time and Half-time Status for Students for details of how students may maintain full-time or half-time status.

Procedure

The Student Information System prevents students from exceeding the maximum credit hour limit.

Any exception to this policy must be approved by the Dean or designee.