Elizabeth City State University students normally take four or five courses per semester. Because the majority of courses carry three semester hours of credit, this works out to 15 or 16 hours per semester. Students may not take more than 18 hours per semester except with the approval of the Dean.
In special cases students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above may be authorized, with the approval of the Dean, to carry up to a maximum of 21 semester hours. Students returning after suspension will have a limited class load of not more than 12 semester hours during the first semester of readmission and must maintain a 2.3 semester grade point average until they have satisfied the minimum scholastic average requirement.
Students with previous cumulative grade point averages below "C" or 2.0 may not register for more than 15 semester hours of credit. A student must be enrolled for 12 hours to qualify for full-time certification to any organization.