Normal credit loads during the spring and fall semesters are 15-16 total credit hours, and during the summer semester the normal credit load is 12 credit hours. Permission to carry more than 18 total credit hours in the fall or spring (or more than 12 in the summer) will require a 3.0 or higher cumulative average and a 3.0 semester GPA during the last semester of residence. A graduating senior can carry an overload with a 2.5 cumulative GPA one semester (only) during the last year. In special cases, students may be permitted to carry more than 20 hours per semester provided permission is granted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. No student will be allowed to carry more than 23 hours during any one semester.