Twelve semester hours constitute a minimum full-time academic load. Fifteen semester hours constitute a full-time academic load for Higher Education Policy Commission FTE counts and funding. The normal load is 15 hours per semester, thus completing 120 hours in four years. One hundred twenty hours are required for a bachelor’s degree.
Degree-seeking students may register for a maximum of 19 semester hours per semester; however, the academic load for the first semester should generally not exceed 17 hours. The maximum of 19 semester hours does not apply to private applied music lessons and ensembles. The maximum academic load in the summer is 14 semester hours overall (7 semester hours per session).
A student who wishes to register for more than 19 semester hours in a regular semester, or for more than 14 semester hours overall in a summer semester, (including non-Shepherd University semester hours), must have a 3.0 or higher overall grade point average, and must not be carrying any incomplete grades from previous semesters. If these criteria have been met, the student must obtain an approval form from the Office of the Registrar, and seek approval from the academic advisor, department chair, and the vice president for academic affairs. Any exceptions to this rule must be appealed by petition to the Admissions and Credits Committee.
In no case may a student enroll for more than 23 semester hours per semester.