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how many credits per semester?

AdviceNeeded2020AdviceNeeded2020 Registered User Posts: 23 New Member
and how many credits would you recommend in the very first semester as a freshman?

Replies to: how many credits per semester?

  • saif235saif235 Registered User Posts: 1,042 Senior Member
    It varies slightly by school and major. For a freshman non-STEM major I'd say 15-16 credits is good for the first semester (and of probably going to be the average load for the next 7 semesters). For a freshman STEM major I'd say 17-18 credits.
  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 Forum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Posts: 3,855 Forum Champion
    Somewhere in the 14-16 range is what most people recommend.

    Academically my first semester I took 17.5 credits (STEM major) but one course was an audit so I only was graded on 14. It was a difficult course load, especially balancing it with my extracurriculars (additional 5.25 credits of music ensembles/lessons and 2 more ensembles not for credit). I wouldn't recommend going above 17 unless you're used to an extremely busy and intense schedule.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,400 Forum Champion
    Usually your college will have a curriculum which will indicate how many you should take at that college for that major...but it is usually 15-16.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 73,665 Senior Member
    Typically, you will need 120-128 credits to graduate. This means that to graduate in 8 semesters, you need to average 15-16 credits per semester.

    Courses with labs, art studio, music performance, or large term projects can be higher workloads than other courses of the same number of credits.
  • then00b12then00b12 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    It varies. But it depends on your major, whether or not you plan to work or not while in school, etc.
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