These definitions are for university use. Some programs, to include financial aid programs, may be subject to external regulations using other definitions.
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)
Less than Half-Time Enrollment
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.
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, three-quarter-time if registered for 1.50 units, half-time if registered for 1.00 unit, and quarter-time if registered for .50 unit.
Students participating in a Puget Sound study abroad program for either a semester or an academic year must be enrolled full time. (See the section titled “Study Abroad” for a list of Puget Sound programs.)