Course Load

Normal Course Load

Full-time students will take four courses per semester.  A student must take at least three courses to qualify as a full-time student.  Private music instruction and military science courses may be taken in addition to a normal full-time course load.

Course Reduction to Part-time Within a Semester

A student intending to withdraw from a course or courses during the semester that would result in a less than 3-course load must petition the Academic Progress Committee to do so. Such a course load reduction is often accomplished with the involvement of the student’s class dean.

Course Overload/Light Load

The normal academic course load is considered to be four courses.  Minimum load to be in good standing as a full-time student for any semester is three courses.  Students who have reason to schedule an overload (five courses for all A.B. students and B.S. Science students, six courses for B.S. Engineering) or a light load (any course load below three courses) must petition the Academic Progress Committee to do so. No first-semester student may take more than four courses.  Normally, an upper-class student must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA to take an overload course.


Lafayette College reserves the right in its sole judgment to amend any policy or program described herein without prior notice to persons who might thereby be affected. At its sole option, the College may suspend or eliminate courses, academic departments, or degree programs; change curricular offerings, graduation requirements, and regulations on standing of students; alter its class schedule and academic calendar; or make changes of any nature whenever in its judgment such changes are desirable for any reason. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the College and the student. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute acceptance by the student of the College's rights as set forth in this paragraph.