Credit Overloads for College of Engineering Students

In general, the College of Engineering is not supportive of credit overloads of more than 19 credits in any one semester. Engineering curricula are challenging and require significant out-of-class time commitments to enhance the likelihood of academic success. It is not reasonable to attempt to overload in any one semester because of poor performance or dropping courses in a previous semester.

Students who wish to register for more than 19 credits in any one semester should consult with an adviser about this decision.

The following guide may be used to determine whether an overload may be considered:

  • Students should at least be in their second semester of full-time study in the College of Engineering.
  • Second-semester students should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 based on a semester load of at least 17 credits in their first semester, during which most of the credits were for math, science, and technical courses.
  • Students beyond the second semester should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, based on average past semester loads of 17 credits or more that included a majority of credits in math, science, and technical courses.

Students may not register for more than 19 credits prior to the start of the semester. Students can add overload credits beginning the first day of classes.



The Engineering Advising Center (EAC) serves as the academic advising resource for students in pre-major status (ENGR) at University Park. Once students have been admitted to a College of Engineering major, they will be assigned to a faculty adviser in that major.

Engineering Advising Center

208 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-1033