Calculating your Course Load

Most students find they need to spend three hours on homework and assignments outside of class for each credit hour they take.

For example, a typical semester-long, three-credit hour class would require a commitment of approximately 12 hours per week. A full-time student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester would need to commit approximately 48 hours to his/her studies per week.

note iconDistance learning classes require the same time commitments as on-campus classes.


Course Credits or number of hours in class
Estimated time devoted to coursework per week
Suggested time devoted to coursework per day
1 credit
3 hours
30 minutes
3 credits
9 hours
90 minutes
12 credits
36 hours
6 hours


You should plan to spend about       hours a week
on class and schoolwork.