Most students at Rice will maintain a course load of 12 to 18 credit hours per semester during their time on campus. A full time student is considered to be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. However, sometimes circumstances warrant going below 12 credit hours (a reduced course load request, which makes a student part time). The Dean's office handles reduced course load requests; click here for more information.
The OAA strongly discourages overloading and taking more than the maximum threshold of 18 credit hours in a given semester. Rarely, circumstances may warrant an overload. Even in these rare circumstances, every effort should be made to avoid needing to take more than 18 credit hours. See the overload information page for more details on taking more than 18 credit hours.