Credit Hour and Out of Class Supplementary Work

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are on a course unit system. Students are required to successfully complete 32 full credit units for a degree. Each full credit course carries 1.00 unit and is equivalent to 4 semester hours. For a student to be considered in full time status, they must be registered in three or more full credit (1.00) courses/units per semester.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges comply with the New York State definition of credit hours, "A semester hour means a credit, point, or other unit granted for the satisfactory completion of a course which requires at least 15 hours (of 50 minutes each) of instruction and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments." The expectation of the Provost and Dean of Faculty is that for every hour of in-class instruction, students spend an average of 2-3 hours outside of class working on supplementary assignments.



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