I would say that depends. Are you adjusting to a very new environment, area of study, or very challenging program? 16 credits is a normal load for graduating on time. However, if you are uncertain, believe that you will need extra help to do well in the courses, are entering a competitive program for the first time, or have special learning needs it may be wise to lighten the load the first semester.
Nancy recommends the following next steps:
- Reach out to the academic advising center at your college to discuss course load of students similar to you.