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302.1 - Course Loads

University Group Policy #302.1

I.  Policy Statement

A normal load for a regular student baccalaureate degree-seeking is 15 semester hours (“SH”).

Full-time students are those who register for a minimum of 12 SH of credit in a given all or spring term; 6 SH for summer terms. Students may register for up to 18 SH in a fall or spring term or 6 SH in a summer term. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and/or the written permission of the dean may register for 19 – 21 SH in a fall or spring term or 7-12 SH for summer term. The maximum course load is 21 SH for fall or spring term and 12 SH for summer term. 

Students may not register at any other institution when in regular attendance at Winston-Salem State University unless proper approval has been secured, in which case the hours taken will be considered a part of the normal load. This includes correspondence and/or extension work.

II.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to undergraduate students at Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Amended December 6, 2013
  • Amended June 14, 2019