As a first-semester freshman, you are only allowed to take 4-4.5 cu (unless if you are in a special program/get special permission from your advisor). Once you get to second semester, you can take up to 7, assuming your advisor approves it. However, I would say that most Penn students take around 5 cu. Unless if you have super easy or super difficult classes, I find that 5 cu is very ideal in that it is certainly enough to keep you occupied but not so overwhelming that it is impossible to do well/absorb the material in each class.
@EllaVirginia: Almost all classes are 1 cu. There are a few exceptions though. Pretty much all the classes that involve lab (chem, bio, physics, etc) are 1.5 cu b/c the lab occupies .5 cu worth of credits. The only "class" I can think of that's less that 1 cu is wind ensemble/orchestra in which you can apply to get .5 cu worth of credits.
Hey, how advisable is it to take a long evening class for freshman fall semester?
I want to take German, but the only way it could fit into my schedule is if I were to take the 6-9 class twice a week. My other choice would be to take Russian which would end at 4 everyday.
Both languages interest me, but German has a slight edge over Russian.
@labanlieu: I know a lot of freshman do take long evening classes. I think it depends on what kind of person you are. For example, I like to start early and end early and put my classes back-to-back. Therefore, I'm not a fan of 3 hr night classes b/c I generally like to talk to friends and do some hw/studying at night and I find having to go to and from evening classes a bit of a hassle (especially in the winter). Also, I believe most evening classes are 3 hrs so you definitely have to have the attention span or else it can get VERY boring and unproductive. However, I know that many people do not mind evening classes because it means they can sleep in later and they get a bit of a longer break in between classes so I guess it depends on you
I thought about doing a long night class my freshman year and then switched into the day course... wasn't a fan of the night course's structure. Plus, a night course twice a week means that you are likely going to miss meetings, practices or rehearsals of groups that you join. Why is it that you can't take GRMN101 during the day?
Originally, I could only take it at night due to conflicts with MATH 114 or ECON 01. But, after changing it around, I guess I could take it in the afternoon (which looks like a better option as my day would end at like 2-3) if I take MATH 240. Thanks