Semester Credit Hour Overload

Students who wish to take more than 18 credit hours in the fall or spring semester, or more than 12 credit hours in the summer term must see an academic advisor in person in the LAS Academic Advising Center for permission for a credit hour overload. Credit hour overloads are considered on a case by case basis and may be denied.

Considerations used in granting a credit overload include academic history (which may include the following):

  • GPA
  • Number of terms completed at UIC
  • Course loads (number of hours and rigor) in previous semesters

Credit hour overloads will not be considered for students who:

  • Are on academic probation (term or overall)
  • Are in their first term at UIC

Students who will not be graduating in the term for which they are requesting an overload must wait until the add/drop period at the beginning of the term in order to request course overload approval.