Course Credits



How many courses/credits must I take each semester to be considered a full-time student?

The normal course load per semester is four courses (the equivalent of 16 semester hours) in order to complete the degree in a maximum of eight semesters. The record of each student who is not enrolled in a minimum of 16 semester hours will be reviewed by the Committee on Academic Standing at the end of each semester. Poor scholarship is not grounds for diminution of the normal course load. A student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours to be eligible for on-campus housing. Campus housing is not available for RTC students.

How many credits are courses worth?

Most courses at the college are worth 4 credits each. There are, however, courses that are one- and two-credit courses and occasionally a five or a six-credit course. If courses will give you fewer or more than 4 credits, that is indicated in the course schedule and in the catalog.

How many credits do I need for graduation?

You need a minimum of 128 credits to graduate.

Are there limits on the number of one- and two-credit courses I'm allowed to take?

There are no limits on the number of one- and two-credit courses you may take, but only four one-credit courses are allowed to count toward the minimum of 128 required for the degree. If you take more than four one-credit courses, you will need more than 128 credits to graduate.

What if I want to take more than 16 credits in a semester?

Students may take up to 19 credits per semester subject to approval from their faculty adviser, however 16 credits is the normal course load. Any additional course work is considered over-pointing and requires special approval prior to the end of the Limited Add Period. Students who have not met the guidelines below by the end of the Limited Add Period will have excess courses deleted from their schedule, at the discretion of the Registrar. Requirements for over-pointing are as follows:

From 20 to 23 credits: Students must have earned a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the previous semester and must obtain the signature of their faculty adviser. Students whose grade point average from the previous semester was below 3.0 must obtain approval from both their faculty adviser and their academic dean. Approval forms are available from the Office of the Registrar.

From 24 to 27 credits: Students must obtain approval from both their faculty adviser and their academic dean. Approval forms are available from the Office of the Registrar.

Students may not take more than twenty-seven credits without the approval of the Committee on Academic Standing.

Will I receive credit for college courses taken in high school?

The evaluation of transfer and pre-freshman college credit is determined by the Office of the Registrar. Transfer credit is granted only for courses with an approximate counterpart in the Connecticut College curriculum with grades of C or higher.

How do I get credit for courses if I transfer in from another college?

You must have your official transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar. Shortly after the transcript is received, your courses will be evaluated and appropriate credit will be posted on your transcript.

How do I get credit for my International Baccalaureate (IB) degree?

Once the Office of the Registrar receives the transcript of your IB courses, those courses will be evaluated and appropriate credit will be posted to your transcript.

How do I know which courses to take if I don't know which courses will receive credit?

Do not register for any course for which you may be receiving college credit. Speak with your faculty adviser and a representative from the Office of the Registrar about this concern. You may be able to register for an advanced course if you have taken a lower level course as part of your IB. Speak with the Chair of the appropriate department to see whether this is an option.

Will I receive credit for my AP (advanced placement) courses?

You must receive at least a 4 or a 5 to receive credit for your AP courses, but not all of your AP courses will satisfy departmental requirements. (For example, American History AP cannot be used to satisfy the General Education Area for Historical Studies or the history department's requirements; similarly the Literature AP will not satisfy the English department's major requirements.) Check with your faculty adviser or the Office of the Registrar if you have questions.

Are there times when AP credits could be a problem?

Besides being aware that not all AP credits are accepted by academic departments, you should also know that sometimes AP credits may conflict with 100-level courses, even if the academic department will not accept those credits. Check with your adviser or the department in question to make sure that there is no overlap between your AP credits and a 100-level course you are thinking of taking.

May I use AP credits toward graduation or to repair deficits?

Students may use AP credit in one of two ways: either to repair credit deficiencies that arise from voluntary course withdrawals or failing grades or to accelerate. If a student uses AP credit to repair deficiencies, he/she may not use more than eight semester hours. If, on the other hand, the student chooses to accelerate, he/she may use 16 semester hours of AP to graduate in seven semesters or 32 hours to graduate in six semesters. Students may also use AP credits to cover a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College. Degree credit will not be awarded for AP work if an equivalent introductory course has already been taken, either at Connecticut College or transferred from another institution.