Credit Overload

Overload Policy

  • First-Year Student: Credit overloads are not permitted in the first year.
  • Students are strongly recommended to maintain a minimum 3.0. GPA, have earned a 3.0 or above in the prior semester, and be in good academic standing to be considered for a credit overload.
  • Students are permitted to petition for up to 20 units (including credit overload).
  • Tuition and Fees: Additional tuition fee will be imposed for enrolling in over-credit limits. Review the information regarding additional tuition and fees and what overloading entails on the Bursar's website.


Fall Semester: August 1st
Spring Semester: January 3rd

Processing Times

Please allow 1-2 weeks to be notified of the result.

Overload FAQ
Can I request credit overload as a first-year student?

No. First-year students can take up to 18 credits per semester. First-year students are encouraged to engage in campus activities and explore their academic interests.

I missed the credit overload request deadline. Can I still request a credit overload?

Yes, but your overload request cannot be guaranteed to be approved. Time management skill is important for students who would like to commit to a heavier academic workload. Petitions submitted after the deadline may be reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline, requiring up to 2-3 weeks for review.