NEW for 2017-18: Overload unit limits have been revised.
Students are expected to take a normal class load each term. Prior to the beginning of the term no student will be allowed to register for more than 22 units, exclusive of music ensembles. Overload permission forms for the current term will be accepted in the Registrar's Office from the first through the eighth day of classes.
The normal class load for a term session is 18 units; the normal load for a semester session (off-campus programs and student teaching) is 27 units. To be considered a full-time student (for insurance, visa status, scholarships, loans, sports eligibility, etc.) a minimum load of 15 units for the term and 21 units for the semester is required.
Most students will be allowed to register for a maximum of 22 units per term session. Students in the Lawrence Academy (high school students) may take only 6 units per term session. The maximum units allowed for a given term can be viewed on the Check Registration Times & Status page in Voyager. Music ensembles are not included in determining a student's overload status.
Students who wish to overload (23-27 units in a term session) must obtain the permission of their academic advisor. In general, a student must be in good academic standing, have attended Lawrence for at least three terms, and have earned a 'B' average for the preceding three terms to overload. Students not in good academic standing may not overload. No student will be approved for more than 27 units in a single term, exclusive of music ensembles. Permission to overload may be obtained at the beginning of each term for that term only. A completed Overload Request Form (pdf) must be submitted at the Registrar's Office no later than the eighth day of classes of the term.
Students considering an overload should be sure to review the information about overload fees in the course catalog. An additional per unit tuition charge will be applied for course loads exceeding 22 units.
At times it may be appropriate for a student to underload (take less than 15 units in a term). Students who are considering this option should investigate the consequences VERY CAREFULLY. Less than full-time status can result in the loss of financial aid, scholarships, insurance, VA benefits, eligibility to play sports, student visas, and time to the completion of a degree.