Full-Time and Part-Time Status and Overload Approval

The minimum full-time semester workload is 12 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students. Certain forms of federal, state, and institutional financial aid require full-time status by the end of the add/drop period. Only full-time students are permitted to live on campus.

To receive overload approval for a given semester, an overload access code (OAC) must be obtained from the appropriate chair or director by:

  1. students in the performing arts BFA and MusB programs who wish to register for more than 22 credits (a maximum of 30 credits is allowed each semester); and
  2. students in all other undergraduate degree programs who wish to register for more than 18 credits (a maximum of 24 credits is allowed each semester).

Overload policies for continuing education and summer session students are determined and published by the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, www.purchase.edu/ce. Overloads are not permitted in winter session. Given the intensive pace of winter session courses, all students are limited to one 4-credit course; no exceptions will be considered.

Undergraduate students who pursue fewer than 12 credits (and graduate students who pursue fewer than 9 credits) per semester have part-time status. Part-time matriculated students meet the same admission and degree requirements as full-time matriculated students. Students who wish to pursue part-time studies should consult with the chair or director and the board of study to determine whether a part-time program is available.

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