An average of 31 semester hours per year must be earned if a first-time undergraduate student enrolled in residential educational programs is to graduate in four years. Students enrolled for 12 or more semester hours are considered full-time students, but are required to pay full tuition if enrolled on the Lamoni campus or in the Independence campus nursing program for 10 or more semester hours. Most students register for a study program of 14-15 semester hours.
A full-time student must obtain special permission through the Curricular Adjustment Committee to carry an academic load of less than 12 hours or more than 18 hours. Students officially admitted to the Honors Program may take up to 21 semester hours without petitioning. A student wishing to enroll on a part-time basis (less than 12 semester hours) must apply through the Dean of Admissions.