FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Credits - credit load

I've seen both terms used, so what is the difference between a "credit" and a "unit"?

There is no difference. The terms credit and unit are the same thing.

What is the maximum unit/credit load I am allowed to enroll into?

The maximum units a student can enroll into without counselor approval is 19. However, permission to take more than 19 can be granted by a counselor under certain considerations including what the student's overall grade point average is, how many hours the student works, what courses is the student planning to take, etc.

Why is there a limitation on the number of units/credits I can take?

If a student takes too many units, it will impact his/her ability to succeed. Normally, a student should plan to study two hours a week per each credit taken. So if a student takes 19 credits, this means that the student is in class 19 hours a week and should study 38 hours per week. Therefore, a student taking 19 credits could be expected to be in class or studying for 57 hours per week. This would be a heavy load and any more than that could be detrimental to the student.

Can I get permission to exceed the maximum unit/credit load?

Yes, permission to take more than 19 can be granted by a counselor under certain considerations including what the student's overall grade point average is, how many hours the student works, what courses is the student planning to take, etc.

How many credits/units do I need to take to be a full-time student?

Twelve (12).