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Course Load

Undergraduate Students

A normal undergraduate course load is 15 credit hours of academic credit in each semester. This information may vary during the summer term; students should check the Registrar's Website (www.registrar.unco.edu) for correct information. Undergraduate students are allowed to enroll for a maximum of 18 credit hours before the beginning of the semester.

Graduate Students

Course load limitations for graduate students apply to any combination of all courses taken on-campus, off-campus, or on-line while an individual is enrolled as a graduate student in a graduate degree program, a nondegree certification program, or any combination thereof. The maximum load for a graduate student is 17 hours per semester. This information may vary during summer terms; students should check the Registrar's Website (www.registrar.unco.edu) for correct information.

Full-Time and Part-Time Enrollment Status

Full-time status for health insurance requirement and verification of enrollment for health insurance purposes is nine credit hours for undergraduate and graduate students. (Some health insurance carriers require enrollment in a minimum of 12 credits. Check with your health insurance company for their minimum enrollment requirement.)

Overloads

Students requesting overload credits must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.

30-Credit Policy for Undeclared Students

The 30-Credit Policy directs students towards successfully completing a degree at the University of Northern Colorado. Typically, 120 credits are required to complete a degree at Northern Colorado. A student who has earned 30 credits should have completed one quarter of the requirements for earning a degree. Usually students reach 30 credits after either their second or third semester. Ensuring that students have a clear path for degree completion is of utmost importance to Northern Colorado, and the 30-Credit Policy illustrates this commitment to student success.

The 30-Credit Policy requires students who have earned 30-credits to declare a major. Credits used in calculating earned hours at Northern Colorado include all applied transfer credit, college credit earned in high school, and Northern Colorado credit hours. A No-Major Hold is applied to undeclared students' accounts upon the completion of 30 credits. Once a student has completed the appropriate paperwork and met any admission requirements for declaring a chosen major, the No-Major Hold is removed from the student's account.


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