Full-Time vs. Part-Time

As a university student, you may be considering pursuing studies on a full-time or a part-time basis. It is important that you know what that means!

You may choose to study on a full-time or part-time basis for a number of different reasons. Regardless of those reasons, it is imperative that you know whether you are considered a "full-time" student or "part-time" student as it can impact you in different ways. 

Based on the definition within the Academic Calendar: 

  • part-time undergraduate student in the Fall-Winter Term is one who is registered in three and one-half full course equivalents or fewer.
  • A full-time undergraduate student in the Fall-Winter Term is one who is registered in more than three and one-half full course equivalents. The normal course load is five full course equivalents (or higher). (Please refer to the specific program requirements in this Calendar.) 

Students required to register for single terms in programs that do not follow the academic year format are also considered to be full-time students provided that they register in all the courses prescribed for that term by their program. Where the normal load for the term is five half-courses or the equivalent, students may carry the equivalent of four or six half-courses if they have the approval of their department and the faculty Dean. A part-time student in this context is one who is registered in the equivalent of three or fewer half-courses.

A student who has maintained at least a 'B' average in his/her last five (5) courses, may take three (3) full courses in combined Spring and Summer Sessions. This constitutes the equivalent of a full-time program. No more than two full course equivalents may be taken during the Spring Session. No more than two full course equivalents may be taken during the Summer Session.