Full-time Enrollment

After your Document Check-in is complete, and you've updated your address information in LionPATH, ensure you are enrolled full-time and you have scheduled all of your classes.  

You are required to be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester.  What counts as full-time enrollment varies based on your level and program of study.  

Please Note:  Summer is not a vacation period if there will be no enrollment in fall semester. Therefore, if you are completing your final courses or thesis in summer with no enrollment in fall, you must be enrolled at Penn State in the summer. If your program requires a thesis (e.g. Master’s or Ph.D.), your final semester is the semester in which you defend.

Undergraduate and Law Students:

  • Required to be enrolled for a minimum total of 12 credits each fall and spring semester
  • At least 9 credits must be resident instruction (face-to-face, on-campus classes)
  • Up to 3 credits of online classes can count towards the full-time enrollment requirement
  • Students can register for additional online courses as long as the above criteria have been met. 

Graduate Students:

  • Required to be enrolled for a minimum total of 9 credits each fall and spring semester
  • At least 6 credits must be resident instruction (face-to-face, on-campus classes)
  • Up to 3 credits of online classes can count towards the full-time enrollment requirement
  • Students can register for additional online courses as long as the above criteria have been met.

Medical Students:

  • Required to be enrolled for a minimum total of 10 credits each fall and spring semester
  • At least 7 credits must be resident instruction (face-to-face, on-campus classes)
  • Up to 3 credits of online classes can count towards the full-time enrollment requirement
  • Students can register for additional online courses as long as the above criteria have been met.

Exceptions to the full-time requirement:

You may qualify for a reduced course load:

Speak with your academic adviser if you need to request a reduced course load.  The academic adviser can make the recommendation, but DISSA makes the decision. 

How do I get registered? 

You should have received an email from the Registrar asking you to sign electronic forms titled "Doing Business Electronically" and "Financial Responsibility Agreement."  You will work with your academic adviser to determine your courses.  Once you schedule, you will be registered.  

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