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Advising Handbook

Enrollment Policy

Students admitted in the fall of 2013 and afterward are expected to carry the normal academic load of 16 credits per semester allowing them to complete 128 credits in eight semesters. To ensure that students get the full benefit of the residential college experience, students are expected to maintain full-time enrollment (at least 12 credit hours) at the University of Rochester during the fall and spring semesters for no less than seven semesters. (See table below for transfer students.)

Study Abroad

Semesters spent on University of Rochester study abroad academic year programs that permit continuation of University of Rochester financial aid are considered the equivalent of full-time semesters in residence.

Summer and Transfer Credit

Summer and transfer credit (including online courses taken elsewhere), credit for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, as well as overload credits (earned over the standard 16 per semester) may be applied to meet College requirements.

When the College has contracted for the provision of courses taken elsewhere (e.g. the Rochester Area Colleges Inter-Institutional Agreement), the dean may waive the transfer credit limit.

Transfer Students Full-Time Enrollment

Transfer students awarded:Need to maintain full-time enrollment for:
1–7 creditsSeven semesters
8–23 creditsSix semesters
24–39 creditsFive semesters
40–55 creditsFour semesters
56–71 creditsFour semesters