Classification of Students

Students are classified according to the following scheme:

  • Freshmen: less than 30 credit hours earned;
  • Sophomores: 30 to 59 credit hours earned;
  • Juniors: 60 to 89 credit hours earned, and;
  • Seniors: 90 credit hours or more earned.

Full-time Status

As a general rule, an undergraduate student taking 12 credit hours is considered a full-time student. For graduate students, 9 graduate credit hours are considered a full load. (Graduate students who hold a 20 hour per week graduate assistantship position are considered full-time if they are enrolled in 6 or more credit hours. Graduate students taking all or a majority of courses for undergraduate credit must meet the 12-credit-hour requirement to be certified as full-time students.)

During the summer session, 6 credit hours of enrollment are considered full-time for international undergraduate students and for graduate students.

Students receiving federal financial aid may need to enroll in more hours to be considered full-time.