In order to maintain your immigration status you must be enrolled in a full time course load and making satisfactory progress toward your program’s completion. You will need to work with your academic advisor to ensure you are enrolled in the correct courses each semester.

Requirements

  • Undergraduates: 12 credit minimum
    • F-1 students: 9 or more must be on campus
    • J-1 students: 12 or more must be on campus
  • Graduates: 9 credit minimum
    • F-1 students: 6 or more must be on campus
    • J-1 students: 9 or more must be on campus

Need to be Under Enrolled?

If you are unable to be enrolled full time or need to withdraw from a class mid-semester, please connect with an immigration advisor via Zoom during our Remote Open Advising sessions for information about how best to maintain your immigration record. This could include applying for Concurrent Enrollment, an academic or medical Reduced Credit Load, Planned Leave, or Recovery Course registration.

Additional Information

  • Online Courses
    • F-1 students may only count 3 credits (or 1 course) of online/distance learning per semester toward their full course of study requirement.
      • Students cannot be exclusively enrolled in online courses even with an approved RCL in their final semester of study.
    • J-1 students may not count any credits toward their full course of study requirement.
  • Audited courses do not count toward the full course of study requirement.
  • Sponsored, Exchange, or Scholarship Students
    • You may have additional enrollment expectations or requirements.
    • It is your responsibility to check in with your sponsor, home institution, or scholarship provider to identify if they have minimum credit requirements to maintain your status in these programs.
  • Certain graduate programs have different full time enrollment agreements. This includes MCIS, Clinical Sciences, and Sports Management. Please check with your academic advisor to ensure you are enrolled full time for your program type if you are pursuing a graduate degree in one of these programs.
  • When in doubt, reach out! If you have any questions or concerns about your minimum full time enrollment requirements, please connect with us either through advising or email. We are happy to help!