Course Load

Wharton offers only a full-time program of study. The minimum course load is 4 course units (CUs) per term for the bachelor of science degree. Registration for a reduced course load of fewer than 4 CUs per term may have implications for financial aid and academic progression, among other areas. More information about financial policies and procedures related to course load >>

First-year students may not take more than 5.5 CUs during the first semester. Students must be approved for more than 5.5 CUs in subsequent semesters by an advisor in the Undergraduate Division. Semester overloads are considered on a case-by-case basis. Eligibility is determined, in part, by evaluating a student’s consistent academic progress, history of quality grades, and demonstrated rationale for achieving an approved academic plan. Requests for course load increases will not be considered until a week after student’s course schedule for the relevant semester has been released.

When determining your course load, please consider the following:

  • The advantages of a balanced course load, e.g., qualitative vs. quantitative courses
  • The impact additional academic work might have on your extracurricular activities and/or work obligations
  • How using course load increases to shop for classes may keep other students from getting a seat in a course they really need