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Enrollment Status

All definitions of enrollment status are based on the following:

  • Full-time Undergraduate: To be considered full-time at the BAC undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. This can be a combination of a minimum of 6 academic credit hours and the equivalent of 6 practice credit hours.
  • Full-time Graduate: Graduate students in the MArch, MIA and MLA programs are considered full-time when enrolled in 9 or more credit hours. This can be a combination of a minimum of 4.5 academic credit hours and the equivalent of 4.5 practice credit hours. Graduate students in the MDS and MSIA programs are considered full-time when enrolled in 6 or more academic credit hours. 
  • Half-time Undergraduate: To be considered half-time at the BAC, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 academic credit hours per semester.
  • Half-time Graduate: Graduate students in the MArch, MIA and MLA programs are considered half-time when enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 academic credit hours. For students in the MDS and MSIA programs to be considered half-time they must be enrolled in 3 or more academic credit hours. 

Students who have fulfilled the Practice Component degree requirement will not have practice credit hours counted toward enrollment status for purposes of financial aid eligibiltiy. International students (any student enrolled and on a visa) should check with the Designated School Official before enrolling in less than the full-time academic credit load.

Credit Hour Equivalents
Please note that a credit hour as defined by federal regulations is the amount of work that reasonable approximates, but is no less than:

  • one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for a semester or trimester hour, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit (or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time); or
  • at least an equivalent of work as required in the above bullet point for other academic activities such as laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, or other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Federal Credit Hour Definition 34 CFR 600.2 DCL GEN-11-06