Academic Policies

Enrollment Policies

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Full-Time Student Status
Maximum Number of Units Allowed Per Semester

Full-Time Undergraduate Student Status

Full-time status for an undergraduate student varies with the college and study program, but ordinarily requires a course load of at least 12 units per semester. Students in doubt about their standing should check with the their college dean's office.

Full-Time Graduate Student Status

Fall and Spring Semesters

6/15/15 Note:  Full-Time unit minimums updated for Fall 2015.

During the fall and spring semesters, for students with Graduate Assistant/ Associate appointments, full-time status consists of a minimum enrollment in 6 units of graduate credit.  A graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation who is only enrolled in 900-level units and not employed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate must be enrolled in 3 units.  A student who has completed all course work, the thesis/dissertation unit requirements, has advanced to candidacy, is working on the thesis/dissertation, and is not employed as a Graduate Assistant/ Associate may apply for External Linkadvanced status, which allows 1 unit of 900-level credit for full-time status.  In all other cases, full-time status consists of a minimum enrollment in 9 units of graduate credit. 

The full-time status enrollment minimums apply to students wishing to defer federal loan repayments, to international students with F or J visa status, and/or to students receiving University funding other than wages.  Full-time enrollment may or may not keep the student from falling outside the threshold of the External LinkAffordable Care Act and/or External LinkArizona State Retirement System requirements.  It is recommended that hiring units and graduate students refer to these policies to ensure compliance. 

More information on graduate minimum enrollment policies is available from the External LinkGraduate College.  Please note that some academic colleges may require more units to maintain full-time status when students are receiving financial assistance from the college.  Also note that full time and minimum enrollment policies are different to maintain continuous enrollment.

Summer and Winter Sessions

During winter or pre-session, first and second summer sessions, full-time status consists of enrollment for 6 graduate units or more in any combination of pre-session, first and second summer sessions.  A student whose financial aid agreement requires enrollment during the summer sessions should contact the External LinkOffice of Student Financial Aid to verify specific requirements. International students should check with the University's External LinkInternational Student Services Office to ensure that their registration is in compliance with their visa status.

Maximum Number of Units Allowed Per Semester

4/30/14 Note:  Unit maxima for College of Law changed to 18, effective Fall 2014.

The maximum number of units allowed in fall and spring semesters is determined by the college in which you are enrolled.  Summer and winter unit maxima are determined by the session in which you are enrolled.  See below.  The maximum number of units include all work carried in residence as well as concurrent registration in correspondence, extension, or approved courses at other institutions.  Medical students please consult the College of Medicine.

Approval of the college dean is required for any student to exceed the maximum number of units allowed per semester.

Summer Session Unit Maxima:

  • Pre-session:  3 to 4 units (one course)
  • 1st Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)
  • 2nd Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)

Winter Session Unit Maxima:  3 to 4 units (one course)

Fall and Spring Unit Maxima:

College or School Maximum # of Units
Agriculture and Life Sciences 19
Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture 19
Education 19
Engineering 19
Family and Consumer Sciences, School of 19
Fine Arts 19
Graduate College 19
Humanities 19
Law 18
Letters, Arts and Science, Colleges of 19
Management 19
Medicine (Physiology Department) 19
Nursing 19
Pharmacy 19
Public Health 19
Science 19
Social and Behavioral Sciences 19
UA South 19

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