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Advising Handbook

Underloads

An underload is when a student carries fewer than 14 credits at any time during the semester. Students can request to carry an underload on the Drop/Add Form available at the Lattimore counter.

Students registering for an underload at the time of registration receive temporary approval only. All students requesting an underload must get the approval of the dean of the College or, for Hajim School students, the Hajim’s Dean’s Office in Lattimore 301.

Approval for an underload is never given for programs of fewer than 12 credits. 

Approval is subject to the following conditions:

  • An underload in the senior year will permit a student to complete all graduation requirements by commencement.
  • That upon consideration of the relationship of the underload to the total academic program, such an academic load is necessary.
  • The student has dropped a course late in the semester, making it academically unfeasible to add another course.
  • There has been a prolonged sickness as substantiated by University Health Service (UHS). (See the attendance, illness, and medical absence page for more information)

Students may also be granted a temporary underload, with the expectation that they will add a fourth course during the first four weeks of the semester.