Maximum Unit Loads
An undergraduate student who takes 12 or more units is classified as full-time. Students with work responsibilities outside of school should reduce their study loads appropriately. Students enrolled in remedial math and/or English may not enroll in more than 14 units.
The maximum load for graduate students is normally 15 semester units. Reasonable exceptions beyond this number up to 18 units may be approved, for sufficient cause, by the graduate advisor and department chair, but permission must also be garnered from the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Research by means of the Graduate Petition for Excess Units. Loads beyond 18 units are prohibited by the CSU. The Graduate Studies & Research Committee strongly recommends that graduate students carry no more than 12 units of 200-level work in any one semester. There is no official minimum load for graduate students other than for those who wish to receive financial assistance or other benefits.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations on international students require that undergraduates maintain full-time status of 12 semester units and graduate students 9 semester units, excluding summer in both cases. To appeal this regulation, go to International Programs and Services.