A normal course load consists of 4 or 5 courses of three or more credit hours each. A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours to be considered a full-time student. If a student has either a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, or, in the immediately preceding semester, has received a 3.0 grade point average and completed 15 credit hours, he or she may elect to take a sixth course.
Any senior whose average is below 3.0 and is not on academic probation may take a sixth course in either semester of the senior year but not in both (a total of eleven courses for the year). This is commonly referred to as the "Senior Privilege."
A student who meets one of the above criteria should contact the Undergraduate Dean's office in McMahon 107 to have his/her credit limit raised, phone 202-319-5114.
In any other circumstances, taking more than five courses requires specific approval by the Dean, prior to registering for the sixth course.
A student whose qualification for over-electing is uncertain may not register for a sixth course until after the preceding semester's grades have been recorded and the qualification met.
NO STUDENT MAY TAKE SEVEN COURSES (OF 3 OR MORE CREDITS EACH) IN A SEMESTER. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.
Summer sessions: During CUA summer sessions, a student may enroll for a maximum of one credit more than the total weeks in that session. (Overlapping sessions are treated as one for purposes of this regulation.) Ordinarily, this means a student may take no more than two courses simultaneously, and no more than four courses total in all summer sessions combined. Students taking two 3-credit accelerated foreign language courses may not take any additional courses during that 6-week period.
For summer sessions at other institutions, transfer is limited to two courses per year. See the section of Residency Requirements.