Carnegie Mellon University

Overloading Class Schedule

Overloading Policy

Overloading is defined as taking more than the equivalent of five full-semester courses; it usually means registering for more than 50 units per semester. Eligibility for overloading is defined as having a QPA of 3.00 (or higher) in the last completed semester and a current cumulative QPA of 3.00 (or higher). 

First semester students are not eligible to overload.

Eligibility does not automatically allow the student to register for more than 50 units; eligible students must be granted special permission through the following:

All petitions approved before the posting of final grades for the semester preceding the overload semester are subject to revocation if the student does not achieve a 3.00 semester QPA (or higher). It is the student’s responsibility to discuss this matter with their academic advisor. If approval for overloading is granted after the course add deadline, a "LATE ADD REQUEST" form must be completed and submitted to advisor.


Dietrich College offers students a rich curriculum of courses that allow for mastery of knowledge and skill sets across its disciplines.  Such mastery cannot be achieved if students are over-burdened with the demands of too many courses. The College supports an ideal of student life that allows for balanced, well-rounded maturation and development. Since we expect and encourage a broad and diverse co-curricular college experience, the College faculty agrees that limits need to be placed on how many courses a student should be allowed to take in a given semester. This policy on overloading is designed to allow our students the time for course content mastery as well as the personal reflection on and integration of knowledge that makes for successful intellectuals, professionals and citizens.