Classification of Students

Students may enroll at Indian River State College on a full-time or part-time basis. Students who enroll for 12 or more credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters are classified as full-time, while those who enroll for fewer than 12 hours are part-time students. During Summer - Session A or Session B, students must be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours to be classified as a full-time student.

Full time for Financial Aid eligibility is defined as at least 12 credit hours during each semester, Fall, Spring, and Summer. If fewer credit hours are attempted, awards are adjusted proportionately.

The number of credit hours earned determines a student's classification. Freshmen have earned fewer than 30 credit hours; sophomores have earned at least 30 credit hours; juniors have earned at least 60 credit hours; seniors have earned at least 90 credit hours.

The word "credit" as used in this catalog refers to semester hours. Generally, one class hour per week throughout the semester is equal to one semester hour. A two or three-hour laboratory period is equivalent to one semester hour.

In the interest of student success, all individuals taking classes at Indian River State College are expected to dedicate a minimum of two (2) hours of out-of-class time for every one (1) hour of direct instruction.

Students who spend time outside of class studying, engaging in research, completing assignments, improving skills, etc., typically realize a higher success rate than students who do not practice the same level of dedication.