A full-time undergraduate student at Cumberland University must register for 12 to 18 academic hours each semester. The average load is 15 hours. A student completing an average of 15 hours may finish the two-year degree in four semesters and some baccalaureate degrees in 8 semesters. A student with a superior academic record may petition to register for an overload, not to exceed a maximum of 21 hours. To enroll in an academic overload, the student must file an Academic Appeal with the Dean of his/her school for their approval and then turn it into the Registrars Office.
Students may enroll in a maximum of two courses for a maximum of seven semester hours in each grading period of the summer semester. Summer grading periods include May term, Summer I, Summer II, Full Summer, and accelerated terms. Students may not enroll in classes that overlap any time periods during any of the grading periods. Total hours for the summer semester may not exceed 18 semester credit hours.