Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).


Course Load for Undergraduate Students PDFDownload to print

A minimum of 120 semester hours of approved coursework must be satisfactorily completed to receive a baccalaureate; minimum 60 semesters hours for an associate degree. Students expecting to complete this minimum in four or two years, depending on degree, by attending two semesters (usually fall and spring semesters) should average 15 credit hours per semester and a yearly total of 30 hours. Some bachelor’s and associate degree programs require more hours than the 120 and 60, respectively.

Eligible undergraduate students who have a minimum of 12 Kent State earned credit hours and meet the Kent State GPA guidelines may register for a course overload through an automated process. A course overload is considered as:

  1. More than 18 credit hours in fall or spring semester.
  2. More than 6 credit hours in a single five-week summer session; more than 10 hours in an eight-week summer session; more than 10 hours in overlapping summer sessions; or more than 12 hours for all summer sessions combined.

Kent State GPA guidelines for an automatic overload:

Student GPA Permitted hours over 18 for
fall and spring semesters
2.500-2.749 1
2.750-2.999 1-2
3.000-4.000 1-3

Criteria for eligibility:

  • First-semester transfer students and freshmen without a Kent State GPA are excluded from qualifying for an automatic overload. They must seek approval from their advising office.
  • All students who have a minimum of 12 Kent State earned credit hours are eligible for an automatic overload given the criteria above.
  • Students not meeting the above criteria or requesting more than 21 semester hours in the fall or spring semester (more than 12 hours in all summer terms) will be blocked from registering for an overload unless approval is granted from their advising office.
  • Students on academic probation may not register for more than 15 hours and may receive a prescription from the dean of their college or campus that they further reduce the hours carried until removed from probation.

Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the appropriate college dean.