How Many Credits Should I Take? - Coastal Carolina University
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How many credits should I aim for each semester?

A general rule of thumb is to aim for 30 credits per year, or 15 credits per semester.  If you stay on this track, you will earn 120 credits in four years (15 credits x 8 semesters = 120 credits).  120 credits is the minimum number of credits needed to graduate.  In order to remain a full-time student, you must be registered for at least 12 credits each semester.

Please keep in mind that these credits must be requirements toward your degree. If you choose to take classes that do not satisfy degree requirements, these credits are considered elective credits. In this case, you would need to take more than 120 credits in order to graduate.