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What would you consider to be a comfortable load of credit hours to take for a college freshman?

#college-load Is there such a thing as not enough of a load as far as classes go? I'm not quite sure how I should balance it out.

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Amber’s Answer

I would consider 12 to 15 credit hours as a comfortable load. As a freshman, I would actually recommend the normal allotment of 12 credits as you are getting to use to new surroundings and expectations at college. You don't want to overdo it your first semester as you want to get comfortable with college life. That's what I did and I think it helped immensely. However, my sophomore and junior year, I did aim for 15 credits a semester. All the best, I hope this helps.

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Steven’s Answer

Hi Katelynn! Balancing your schedule is different for everyone but in my own experience I found that generally 12-16 credits was about right. I took a 20 credit semester that required an override and I cant tell you enough that it was too much! Especially if you are in a position where you need to work at least part time to help support yourself.


My advice to you would be heir on the side of caution the first semester to get a feel for the lifestyle and your own time scheduling! I wish you the best of luck and hope this helped! :)

Steven recommends the following next steps:

Start light
Feel it out
Adjust following semesters accordingly
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Michael’s Answer

Completely agree with Ambers previous advise. Find what is comfortable for you. If you know some topics or classes may be more challenging, build that into your plan and its okay to extend your time. Don't be afraid to start slowly and ramp up to your comfort zone. The goal is to take as much out of it from a learning and experience perspective that benefits you.

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Roland’s Answer

I would say it’s ok to take as many courses as you can handle. Don’t over extend yourself. Make sure whatever you decide isf a number you can give your all! Quality is always better than quantity! I see greatness in you.

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