Classification of Students
Students are classified based on their class load as follows:
|Full-Time||Enrolled in 12 or more units|
|Part-Time||Enrolled in fewer than 12 units|
|Freshman||Fewer than 30 units completed|
|Sophomore||30 or more units completed|
The minimum unit load to be classified as a full-time student is 12 units. A maximum load for any student is 19 units. Exception to the 19-unit maximum may be available with counselor approval.
It may be pertinent for students to consider the following semester unit requirements for particular privileges and activities:
Associated Students Elected Office: 5 units per semester, unless otherwise listed in “Eligibility For Student Offices,” form available in the Office of Student Activities (Room 223).
Athletic Eligibility: Full time: 12 units including P.E. classes
Veterans — See Veterans Resource Center (Room 518)
Work Study and Financial Aid — Full time: 12 units per semester; 3/4 time: 9 units per semester; 1/2 time: 6 units per semester
Work Hours/Class Guidelines
For each hour spent in class, a student should plan to spend about two hours in study and homework. On the 16-week calendar, a full load of 15 units will equate to 17 hours of class time plus 34 hours in study and homework for a total of 54 hours a week — more than a full-time work week. Following are suggested work hours/class guidelines:
|None||12 - 16|
|10||10 - 11|
|20||7 - 9|
|30||3 - 6|
|30+||1 - 3|
In order to maintain an academic balance, the following information should be considered:
- Students can expect to spend at least 3-1/2 hours (one hour and 10 minutes in class and two hours and 20 minutes outside of class) per week for each unit taken.
- Employment time and college time combined should not exceed 60 hours weekly.
- Students should distribute study time appropriately for each class — often preparation for a lecture class differs from preparation for a laboratory class.
- Students should consult frequently with their instructors — their office hours are designed for that purpose.
- To assist in their academic success, students should use the tutoring services, the library, counselors, and other support services.