Minimum and maximum course loads allowed are based on the school of record. Each student should be fully aware that hours taken beyond 18 in any term will be charged to his or her student account.
SMU Pre-Majors. Students who have not yet declared a major and who wish to enroll for more than 18 hours must have the approval of their academic adviser and the University Advising Center.
Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Majors in Dedman College must have the approval of the dean to enroll for more than 18 credit hours.
Cox School of Business. B.B.A. students may enroll for more than 18 hours per term provided their cumulative GPAs (SMU, all-college and business) are 2.000 or higher to show satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree.
Lyle School of Engineering. Students must have the approval of their academic adviser to enroll for fewer than 12 hours or more than 18 hours during a fall or spring term. Normally, a student must have a GPA of 3.000 or higher to enroll for more than 18 hours. An exception is made during the term in which a student is to graduate. Credit will not be allowed for more than 21 hours in a term.
Meadows School of the Arts. Students are not permitted to enroll during a fall or spring term for more than 18 hours unless their GPA for the preceding term is at least 3.000. During the term in which a student is to graduate, he or she may enroll for 19 hours (or nine hours for a summer session) regardless of the preceding term GPA. A student in the Meadows school cannot receive credit for more than 21 term hours in a term. A student with a GPA below 2.000 for the preceding term will not be permitted to enroll for more than 13 hours.
Simmons School of Education and Human Development. A student in the Simmons School with a declared major in applied physiology and sport management may enroll for up to 18 hours per term. A student may petition to take up to 21 credit hours in a term provided he or she meets the following criteria:
1. The student has a cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher and has demonstrated academic success while enrolled in 18 hours in prior terms.
2. The student needs to take the extra hour(s) in order to graduate at the end of the term in which he or she is enrolling.
3. The student has gained permission from his or her adviser.