Registration Restrictions and Approvals
Students must be accepted into the ASU Honors Program to sign up for classes that are designated as honors sections. Please note that the Honors Program is a collection of courses and opportunities that provides honors students with an enriched educational experience. Specifically, the Honors Program is intended to provide students with the opportunity to:
- Achieve a deeper understanding of course material
- Be exposed to cultural and intellectual events that will broaden their appreciation of the world that surrounds them
- Develop leadership qualities that will help them through their careers and personal lives
- Nurture an understanding and appreciation of the diverse needs of society and how their personal service can enhance the quality of life for their family and others
The Honors Program achieves these goals through course offerings and extracurricular activities designed to challenge and enhance the intellectual and personal abilities of honors students. Please see the Honors Program website for more information.
Long Semester: A normal full course load for undergraduate students in a long semester is 15-18 semester credit hours. A normal full course load for graduate students, other than graduate assistants or teaching assistants, is nine to 12 hours. A full course load for graduate assistants or teaching assistants is six to nine hours.
An undergraduate student in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better) may register for a maximum of 18 semester credit hours. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or better may be approved for a maximum of 20 semester credit hours by the head of their academic major department or by the appropriate college dean. Approval for course loads larger than the stated maximums may be given by the appropriate college dean only in exceptional situations and when the student has a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
A graduate student in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or better) may register for a maximum of 12 semester credit hours per semester. In exceptional situations, graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or better on all graduate course work attempted at ASU may request to register for a maximum of 15 semester credit hours in the semester in which they will graduate. The request should be made through the College of Graduate Studies and Research dean’s office. A graduate, teaching or research assistant who works half time or more for the university may, with the approval of the supervising faculty member and department head, register for a maximum load of nine semester credit hours (required load is six semester credit hours). An assistant who works less than half time may, with the approval of the supervising faculty member and department head, enroll for a maximum of 12 semester credit hours of graduate courses.
The stated maximum course loads for students enrolled at Angelo State apply to all courses in which the student is enrolled concurrently, whether in residence or elsewhere.
Penalty for Excessive Course Load: Any student who registers for more semester credit hours than is allowed by this policy during any semester or summer term shall be required to drop the excess course load at the time that student course loads are audited by the university.
If you wish to enroll in two courses that have conflicting schedule times, you must contact each department. If approval is granted, the departments will enter an electronic permit that will allow you to register online using Rams.