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Frequently Asked Questions - Units


What is a "unit"?
College credit is measured in terms of the "unit." Some colleges also refer to it as a "credit." A unit typically means an hour in class (for lecture-only classes) each week per semester, or three hours of lab each week per semester.

How many units do I have to take in order to be considered a full-time student?
Twelve (12) units is considered full-time during the Fall and Spring semesters. Six units is considered full-time for the Summer session.

If I am a full-time student, does that mean that I have to go to school every day?
No, classes are scheduled in a variety of format. Some are scheduled three days a week, some two days. Evening classes can be either one evening or two evenings, and there are also weekend classes. You choose the format that fits you.