Students are allowed to carry a maximum of 19 units per term, not including work experience or independent study. In order for a student to be considered for additional units beyond 19, he/she must have a cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Overload Petitions must be completed and returned to the Counseling Office.
Saddleback College does not specify a minimum load except when the student must meet certain eligibility requirements such as financial aid, student employment, Social Security certification, Veteran’s enrollment certification, insurance eligibility or athletic eligibility. Eligibility for Veteran’s benefits requires enrollment in the required units for each week of the certification period. The load requirement is as follows:
||12 or more units
||9 - 11.5 units
||6 - 8.5 units
An average of 15-16 units each semester is necessary for a student to graduate within a two-year period.
Remedial Coursework Limit
No more than 30 semester units of credit may be awarded to a student for remedial coursework. Courses in this category include English, reading, and writing courses one level below transfer-level composition (ENG 1A ) and mathematics courses below intermediate algebra (MATH 253).
The following students are exempted from this limitation:
- Students who are enrolled in one or more courses of English as a Second Language.
- Students identified as having a learning disability.
The college may grant a waiver to the 30-unit remedial course limitation to any student who demonstrates significant and measurable progress toward the development of skills needed for successful enrollment in college-level courses. Waivers are given only for specified periods of time or specified numbers of units.
Students who have exhausted the unit limitation will be referred to appropriate noncredit adult-education programs.
Final examinations are held in all subjects according to the schedule that is published by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction each semester. No student will be excused from any final examination without approval from the instructor teaching the course and the division dean.