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, a student taking 12 credit hours during the fall or spring semester 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 which carry 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 both undergraduate and graduate students.

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