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What is the average amount of classes taken per semester?

InkontrolInkontrol Registered User Posts: 301 Member
edited April 2007 in Rutgers University
I was wondering how many classes per semester does an average undergraduate student take. Is it 4? 5? About how many class hours does the usual class load have as well. (I mean average student and not engineering or pharmacy majors who more than likely have much more classes than other majors.
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Replies to: What is the average amount of classes taken per semester?

  • frrrphfrrrph Registered User Posts: 784 Member
    4 is average, 3 if you feel you need an easy quarter or are taking very difficult classes at the same time. 5 for those with no social life.
  • supermtt37supermtt37 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    4 is regular for a freshman's first semester. From there, you can better judge how much you can handle and decide for yourself.
  • TheRoadUntakenTheRoadUntaken Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    I took 6, 5 (19 credits and 16.5 credits respectively)
  • moo_quack_roarmoo_quack_roar Registered User Posts: 114 Junior Member
    Four is average, but you may be able to handle another. I took 5 my first semester and did well in my classes (and had a social life). I think it depends on how much work you feel you need to put into the class to do well and also on the class itself. See, I'm not one study/read all the time, so I was okay with it, but if you're someone that does need to that, 4 might be a better option.
  • opmsmaopmsma Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    Aren't the courses 3 credits each? if so, wouldn't you have to take on average 5 courses per semester to graduate in 4 years? I think 120 credits are needed to graduate.
  • supermtt37supermtt37 Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    Many science and math courses are 4 credits each.
  • guhjeehguhjeeh Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    depends on the level of difficulty of the class. im taking 5 right now and it feels like 3. go on ratemyprofessor and pick easy profs.
  • theacks1theacks1 Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    As supermtt implies, credit hours is more important than number of classes. For instance, a 1.5 credit class is barely noticeable on my schedule while a four credit course takes up a lot of time. Most courses are 3, with some science adn math being 4.

    Full time is between 12 and I think 20.5 credits hours. However, since an average class is 80 minutes and meets twice a week, the actual time in class is a bit less. So far, I have taken anywhere from 13.5 to 17 credits.
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