Academic Advising Guidelines

Credit Hour Guidelines

Fall and Spring

Full-Time Student: 12 or more hours

Part-Time Student: Less than 12 hours

Maximum hours available: 18 hours 


Full-Time Student: 6 hours

Part-Time Student: Less than 6 hours

Maximum hours available: 12 hours 

Please note: For financial aid purposes, class load requirements may vary. Please see the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Study Guidelines

Students are encouraged to plan on two hours of study time per credit hour in their semester schedules. The following would apply to a full-time student (12 credit hours).

12 hours in class x 2 hours of study outside of class=24 hours of study outside of class per week

12 hours in class + 24 hours of study outside of class=36 hours of class and study per week 

Overloading school schedules and work or other commitments can cause students to do poorly in their classes. Contact an advisor for assistance in deciding how many credit hours would be best for you each semester.

Successfully complete what you start

Research has proven that students who are actively involved in their education tend to excel academically and persist on to accomplishing their academic goals. Before enrolling, take the time to think about your purpose for attending college. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Communicate periodically with your instructors regarding your academic progress. Remember to read your course syllabus and quickly identify the best way to get a hold of your instructor, course attendance policies, instructions and due dates for completing and turning in assignments.

Identify how you learn best. Do you learn best by feeling, watching, doing, or thinking? Most importantly identify the Butler resources that are available and here to help you succeed.

The Successful Academic has

  • Resilience - ability to recover from setbacks
  • Grit - passion for accomplishing educational goals
  • Conscientiousness - accountable and responsible
  • Creativity - come up with new ideas, challenge the status quo
  • Focus - tune out distractions, avoid multitasking
  • Self-Regulation - the discipline to see task through