Answers to Your Questions About Credit Hours

Posted: May 26, 2016 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

student using computer in libraryWhat is a credit hour?

A credit hour is a unit used to measure the amount of schoolwork a student has enrolled for or completed.

How are credit hours determined?

Each course is assigned a specific number of credit hours. This number is typically based on the number of face-to-face classes per week. For example, a course that meets for one hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is a three-credit-hour course.

How many credit hours are considered full-time?

To be a full-time undergraduate student, you must take at least 12 credit hours per semester. Full-time graduate students must take at least 9 credit hours per semester.

What is a normal credit hour load?

A normal load for undergraduate studies is 15 credit hours. By taking 15 credit hours each semester, students should graduate in four years, varying on their area of study.

What is the maximum credit hour load?

The maximum credit hour load varies by semester as follows:


  • Fall/Spring - 18 credit hours

  • Summer - 12 credit hours

  • Maymester - 4 credit hours


  • Fall/Spring - 15 credit hours

  • Summer - 12 credit hours

Students with an SUU grade point average of 3.5 or higher may enroll for more than the Maximum Load credit hours. A written approval from the academic advisor and the respective dean of the student’s major is required. Approval must be obtained before registering.

For more information about credit hours, visit the Registrar’s Office.

Find the version of this article in Spanish here: Preguntas Sobre Horas de Crédito.

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