15 credit hours?

<p>Is it possible to take 15 credit hours your first semester of your freshman year without being overwhelmed??? I wont have a job, I do dance but only on Mondays for an hour for fun.</p>

<p>I'm taking 16 for my first "real" semester (not concurrent). It should be fine as long as you learn to use your time wisely. It can also depend on what classes you are taking.</p>

<p>Yes it's easily doable.</p>

<p>We are taking College Algebra, U.S. History, Survey of Chemistry, English Composition, and a perspective...</p>

<p>yes... 15 is standard.</p>

<p>15 credits x 4 years x 2 semesters per year = 120 credits, which is what you need to graduate using standard credit counting.</p>

<p>Only you know your own abilities. I did 17 first semester and was fine.</p>

<p>18 is the regular academic load at my school, It's not bad at all.</p>

<p>Just stay on top of your work and you should be just fine.</p>

<p>Yes. Plan on 2 hours of work outside class for every 1 hour inside class, and you'll see that 15 hours is about a 45-hour work week. (Some classes will require more, some less, depending on a lot of factors including how good you are at whatever the subject is.) That leaves plenty of time for you to have fun and get to know new people and pursue outside interests.</p>

<p>I would give you two cautions, though.</p>

<li><p>Take a balanced course load. Don't take all science classes or all humanities classes or all language classes, and pay attention to how much you're going to be expected to write. If you end up with a course load in which too many classes require you to do a lot of work of a kind that you find particularly hard, you can end up swamped despite taking a reasonable number of hours. Even if you're really good at whatever kind of class you're thinking of focusing on, remember that that just means that the kind of classes you're not as good at are going to be spread out over fewer semesters. I really recommend starting with distribution requirements, the ones that aren't specific to your major.</p></li>
<li><p>If you take a class and then have a period off and then take another class, it's really easy to regard that space between classes as "downtime". If you've got something specific to do in the period, such as eating lunch, that's fine. But just goofing off means that your day is going to be longer at the end as you try to catch up. So if on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you have classes from 9 to 10, from 11 to 12, and from 2 to 3, I would urge you to make sure you get at least 2 hours of studying done in the 3 hours you have off in the middle of the day. If you do that, a good portion of the work you ought to be doing on those days will be done by 3, and it is likely that you can get everything you need to do done by 5, and have the whole evening for your other interests.</p></li>

<p>It's possible, but if there's one semester you want to take it easy it's probably the first one freshman year...you know your own abilities.</p>

<p>i took 17 my freshman year in engineering, interned for the student run radio station, and almost had a little too much fun haha. i still got A's in everything, so yeah, more than possible...</p>

<p>I took 15 my first semester, however only 13 of those hours were "real" classes, the other two hours were 1 for a PE, and 1 for a Success Strategies seminar. It sort of depends on what you are taking. If it's like, world history 1, pre-cal, english comp, intro biology, and french 1 then you'll probably be fine. But if you've APed out of a bunch of things and come in starting with calculus 3, organic chem, and advanced french composition it's going to be a pain in the ass and I'd advise you not to do it.</p>

<p>That's pretty easy life, if you ask me... 15 hours of classes (about 5 classes) and an hour of dance for fun once a week? Too easy. Bulk up your schedule :)</p>