How many credits should I take?
Here are some important things to consider when deciding how many credits is right for you:
+ A full-time student is enrolled in at least 12 credits but depending upon your circumstances you might not have to be enrolled full-time (check with your academic advisor
+ The maximum number of credits you can take during a semester is 18 credits.
+ If this is your first term at BYU you should consider taking closer to 12 credits
in order to account for the condensed time, faster pace, and rigorous course requirements.
+ If you have a scholarship there may be specific credit requirements. Be sure to add the correct number of credits in order to meet these requirements. For examples, BYU academic, need-based, and other scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office will carry a 12-credit hour requirement.
+ The university recommends that you to plan on 2 to 3 hours outside of class (homework, reading, etc.) for every hour spent in the classroom.
+ Build time into your schedule for things like work, spending time with friends, studying, and any other obligations you may have. You’ll be surprised how much 12 credits will demand of your schedule.
Of course, each student is unique and we highly recommend talking with your first-year peer mentor to discuss what might be best for you.
For specific questions you can visit with your academic advisor
(tied to your major). For more general questions you can visit with an advisor in the University Advisement Center.