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Academic Load

The first two semesters worth of courses for the on-site curricula at the BAC are referred to as Foundation. These courses are designed to be taken in two semesters, at 12 and 15 credits. However, not all students will be able to devote the time required to complete this number of credits, due to obligations outside of the BAC. Therefore, the BAC has the option for students to choose to take fewer credits per semester. There are two different credit models, at two different tuition rates.

Which credit model is right for you?

We advise students who have obligations of fewer than 20 hours per week outside the BAC, to consider the 12+ credit model. This means taking 4 or more courses in a given semester. Obligations outside the BAC often are associated with a job, but may also include caring for a child/family member, military service, an inordinately long commute, etc. For students that have obligations of more than 20 hours per week outside the BAC, we advise them to consider the 6-11.5 credit model. This typically is 2 or 3 courses but can vary.

Students are able to change which credit model they wish to enroll in each semester, based on availability. Students should discuss courses with their Academic Advisor to assist them in selecting the model that is best for them.