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Whats a normal credit hours for a Freshman?

isnwtaisnwta Registered User Posts: 195 Junior Member
edited October 2008 in College Life
I don't know if this question have been asked here frequently, but then I was just curious about the number of credit hours Freshman generally take.
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Replies to: Whats a normal credit hours for a Freshman?

  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    15 credits per semester or 5 classes (sometimes plus one lab).
  • hikidshikids Registered User Posts: 1,284 Senior Member
    It is usually 4 or 5 courses @ 3hrs per course per semester depending on the program. For example, an engineering student may require 30 and a history major 24. Often over the course of the program you may bounce back and forth between 4 and 5. Look at the total # of credit hours required and you can figure out the pace, which is modified by how required courses are given.
  • STRAWBeRRYred89STRAWBeRRYred89 Registered User Posts: 472 Member
    16 credits, 4 classes at my school
  • YauYau Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    At my school they encourage freshman to take 12-13 credits the first semester. After that, 14/15 is a nice average with 16 on the upper end.
  • Knights09Knights09 Registered User Posts: 1,739 Senior Member
    12-15 hours
  • Nickel XenonNickel Xenon Registered User Posts: 3,070 Senior Member
    My school starts you off with 4 classes a semester.
  • BrandoIsCoolBrandoIsCool Registered User Posts: 799 Member
    I have 3 classes and a lab. I only have 13 units but that's recommended for the first quarter. I think quarter is different then semesters (?) I feel I could take up one more class though.
  • TikimoofTikimoof Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    We're recommended to take 15 first semester, and add or drop as needed. Some (foolish) people take 18-20, but it's not really recommended.
  • nysmilenysmile Registered User Posts: 5,850 Senior Member
    Be careful of the 3-4 classes/semester idea. It could easily put you on the 5-6 year plan to complete your degree.
  • brillarbrillar Registered User Posts: 1,089 Senior Member
    Damn... I'm in class 21.5 hours this semester, although you could subract 1.5 hours from that and you'd get the hours of all my serious classes. Then I also work during the week.

    First semester freshman. I'm going to MAKE SURE that my schedule is a ton easier next semester. The classes won't be easier, but I definitely need less class time. BLEH. My schedule is waaaay too much like a high schooler's.
  • chickenboi8008chickenboi8008 Registered User Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    they recommend u take 12 units as an incoming freshman but im taking 16 haha
    the norm is 16 tho
  • purpleacepurpleace Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    I have 5 Classes

    4 Credits Botany + Lab
    4 Credits Chem + Lab
    1 Credit Molecular Perspectives
    3 Credits World Cultures (required frosh course)
    3 Credits Japanese

    so 5 classes = 16 credits for me

    im a bio major by the way
  • isnwtaisnwta Registered User Posts: 195 Junior Member
    actually i have signed up for 14 credit hours and i always feel if this is kina low??,,besides the thing of taking 5-6 yrs to graduate bugs me up due to this,,especially when i am still undecided on my major..
  • Ilovesoftball44Ilovesoftball44 Registered User Posts: 1,497 Senior Member
    16 credits = 4 classes.
  • UpsilambaUpsilamba Registered User Posts: 587 Member
    Pretty much all of the classes here are 4 credits (except accelerated languages, gym, perhaps art or music, etc.), and it's normal to take 4 a semester; if you're taking a gym class plus 4 classes though, that would up it to 18 credits a semester, though as far as I know, the gum classes don't have any homework, exams, etc., and don't meet as often as academic classes, so I don't think taking a gym class plus four classes would be much more work than the four classes by themselves.
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