Enrollment Requirements

Full-time Enrollment

As a condition of your F-1 student status, you must be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester based on your education level.

  • Undergraduate: 12 credit hours
  • Graduate: 9 credit hours
  • Doctorate: 6 credit hours

You must have permission in advance from the Office of International Student Services to drop below full-time enrollment for any reason. Failure to do so will cause you to fall out of status, as your I-20 will be terminated. You may not withdraw from classes placing you below full-time even after the Add/Drop Period. Failing to attend class may cause the professors to either drop you from the class or receive an 'FN', which is a University Withdrawal. If you receive an FN that will put you below full time, your status will be in jeopardy of being terminated.  You are not required to be enrolled during the summer term.  You may enroll for less than full-time during your final semester in a degree program only after completing a request form and receiving approval from the DSO prior to the beginning your final semester.  

Online Courses

Only one (1) online class may be counted towards your full-time load during the fall and spring semesters. However, once your full-time load requirement is met for a given semester, you may take as many online courses as you wish. Undergraduates may take 9 residential credits and 3 (or more) credits online; Graduate students may take 6 residential and 3 (or more) credits online; Doctoral students may take 3 residential and 3 (or more) credits online.


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