Academic Load

These definitions are for university use. Some programs, to include financial aid programs, may be subject to external regulations using other definitions.

Credit
Courses offered under the early semester calendar at the university are computed in units of credit. A unit is equivalent to four semester credits or six quarter credits.

Units Per Term Full-Time Enrollment (Units per Term)

  1. A student enrolled for at least 3.00 units of coursework per semester.
  2. An undergraduate student enrolled in a 1.00-unit co-operative education course during a semester; or an undergraduate student enrolled in a .50-unit co-operative education course plus at least 1.00 additional unit.
  3. An Occupational Therapy student registered in a Fieldwork Experience is full-time for the duration of the semester; or a Physical Therapy student registered in a Clinical Internship is full-time for the duration of the semester.

Half-Time Enrollment

  1. An undergraduate student enrolled in 2.00 or more units, but less than 3.00 units per semester.
  2. An undergraduate student enrolled in a .50-unit co-operative education course or enrolled in a .25-unit co-operative education course plus 1.00 additional unit.
  3. A graduate student enrolled in at least 1.50, but less than 3.00, units per semester.

Less than Half-Time Enrollment

  1. An undergraduate student enrolled in less than 2.00 units per semester.
  2. A graduate student enrolled in less than 1.50 units per semester.

Overload: The normal undergraduate course-load is 4.00 to 4.25 academic units per semester. Academic coursework above 4.25 academic units is an overload which may incur an additional tuition charge and, due to the potential for academic performance to suffer with the increased load, is subject to approval by the student’s academic advisor. A student registered for up to 4.25 academic units may supplement that schedule with up to .50 activity units without incurring an overload.

Summer Session
Students may not register for more than 2.00 academic units in a single summer session. The load definitions above for regular semesters also apply to summer when units are totaled across sessions. In addition, for each six-week session a student is full-time if registered for 2.00 units, ¾-time if registered for 1.50 units, half-time if registered for 1.00 unit, and ¼-time if registered for .50 unit.

Study Abroad
Students participating in a Puget Sound study abroad program for either a semester or an academic year must be enrolled full-time. See the Study Abroad section of this Logger for a list of these programs.