Typical Course Load

The typical course load for a student with a single major is 15 credits per semester (15 credits x 8 semesters = 120 credit hours required by most undergraduate programs.) Honors students and others with broad interests, who may be pursuing multiple majors and/or minors, often take more than 15 credits per semester. All SU full-time undergraduates are allowed to register for up to 19 credits each semester without incurring additional tuition charges . Normally, this provides enough flexibility to incorporate courses taken to satisfy additional requirements or to explore new interests.

Registration For More Than 19 Credits

In rare cases, it may become necessary to take over 19 credits, and you can request permission from Honors to do so, as long as you are making good progress in completing Honors requirements. This is intended to provide exceptional students the opportunity to take the number of credit hours they need for an appropriately challenging course load.  Registration for courses beyond 19 credits is subject to extra tuition charges (but see exemption information below). 

To request permission to register for more than 19 credits in the following semester, submit the 'request for overload' form below well before the day you register. You must have a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.5 to request this permission, and you must be making good progress in completing Honors requirements. Please do not abuse this privilege by signing up for more credits than you actually intend to complete--you are taking space in classes from other students when you do so.

Overload Tuition Rate Exemption

Honors students with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or higher at the beginning of the semester in which they are registered for 20 credit hours or more will not be billed for the extra tuition charge, providing they have no outstanding grades of "I" (Incomplete). Exception:  Winterlude course tuition is charged separately, even though Winterlude courses appear in the spring term.  This exemption cannot be used to cover Winterlude tuition.


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