The normal credit load is from 15 to 16 semester hours. Students desiring to carry more than a normal load must have the approval of their advisor, department chairperson and dean of the respective school. Permission to carry 17 or 18 hours will require a 3.0 or above cumulative grade point average. Permission to carry more than 18 hours will require a 3.0 or above 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 term 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.