Course load, credit/no credit, and 10-semester limit
The sections below describe the rules governing course loads. Students should also be aware that the university places a limit on the total number of semesters that you may enroll.
Maximum and minimum course loads
An earned AHS degree is evidence that the student has followed a carefully planned and challenging program of study. In order to make normal progress toward a degree, the student is expected to be a full-time student.
Normal progress toward the degree in eight semesters is maintained by enrolling in an average of 15 credit hours per semester. The minimum course load required for full-time status is 12 hours.
The student registration system will not automatically block you from initiating a drop action that may bring you below the required full-time status. You are responsible for the following proper procedure noted in the section below on "Course Underloads." Also note:
- Students who drop below 12 hours without the prior approval of the college may lose the privilege of further enrollment.
- International students are required to consult International Student and Scholar Services before initiating any change in their course schedule.
- Students on probation are required to meet academic performance standards gauged on a 12-credit-hour load.
Course underloads (under 12 hours)
AHS approves course loads of less than 12 hours in special circumstances, such as seniors in their final semester who need fewer than 12 hours to graduate and students with a documented illness who are unable to carry a full load (medical documentation is required). Students may request an underload for other reasons, but the college generally does not approve more than one such request. To get permission for an underload, contact your Academic Advisor.
Course overloads (over 18 hours)
Students may carry as many as 18 hours without special permission. Approval for programs of more than 18 hours (overload) must be obtained from the college. Overload permissions are generally granted in the registration system the day before classes begin (for example, spring semester overloads are available the day before spring classes start). To get permission for an overload, contact your Academic Advisor.
Credit/no credit option
The deadline to elect the Credit/No Credit grade mode has been extended to 11:59 p.m. CST Jan. 5, 2021.
- Please note the timeline to select Credit/No Credit grading will be different than it was in the Spring 2020 semester; the deadline is after final grades are available.
- The time window for students to select Credit/No Credit is not currently open. Rest assured that all students will have an adequate opportunity to make the CR/NC selection, and the window for selection will extend beyond the end of the semester. The Fall 2020 CREDIT/NO CREDIT form will be available at or around Dec. 19, 2020.
- Election of Credit/No Credit for courses this term will not count toward applicable maximums as outlined in the Student Code Section 3-105.
- For courses in which Credit/No Credit is elected and Credit is earned (letter grades of C- and higher), the credit is applicable towards major, minor and general education requirements.
In making decisions about the CR/NC option, consultation with your academic advisor, college office and the Office of Financial Aid for students receiving aid is strongly encouraged. As is always the case, if you face exceptionally difficult or unexpected circumstances that may require other accommodations, please seek assistance through your academic advisor or the Undergraduate Affairs College Office (217-333-2130).
A more detailed document and FAQ is available on the Office of the Provost’s policies website.
Be careful about using the credit/no credit option if...
- You plan to apply to professional or graduate school. Students who accumulate 10 percent or more of their hours through the credit/no credit option may be forced to rely on achieving high scores on the nationally administered objective admission tests like the MCAT and LSAT. In addition, some graduate schools will not accept prerequisite coursework taken for credit/no credit – a grade must be reported to satisfy the admission requirement. Students must confirm with the graduate programs they plan to apply to before electing the credit/no credit option.
- It may also affect your membership in an honorary society.
Note: A final grade of CR or NC is entered on the student's permanent academic record.
Ten-semester limit on enrollment
Each student is assigned an Expected Graduation Date, which represents the last semester for which he or she is authorized to register. Students in AHS are accorded a maximum of 10 semesters of eligibility for enrollment for completion of degree. The 10 semesters include enrollment in all post-secondary institutions attended, not just enrollment at U of I.
Students who complete their degree requirements in fewer than eight semesters and do not put their name on the degree list will be allowed to register for subsequent semesters.
- Extensions of enrollment eligibility. Students may request approval for extended enrollment by consulting with the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. An extension beyond 10 semesters requires extenuating circumstances, is rare, and is at the assistant dean's discretion. Extensions in most academic areas are prohibited because of crowded program conditions; for similar reasons, extensions are not granted for the purpose of completing a minor or pursuing a second baccalaureate degree.