Academic Load

Because Whitefield College is a distance learning program, we do not operate on the fixed semester calendar. This allows our students maximum flexibility, and affords them the opportunity to study at their own pace.

An expected full-time undergraduate academic course load is 15 credit hours per semester or 30 credit hours per year. Given that 121-124 credit hours are necessary for graduation from the B.A. program, and 60-64 credit hours from the A.A. program it follows that students who intend to graduate at the earliest date should carry a minimum load of 15 hours per semester (30 per year). This load can be helped by students taking the CLEP test for English, Math, or Science, History or other General Education courses..

Completing a college education at home presents unique challenges, even for those students who have previously home schooled during their high school years. Studies often have to be arranged to accommodate work or home commitments.

Students intending to complete their bachelor degree in four years (or associate degree in two years) should allow 3.5 weeks (working 27-30 hours per week), per 3-hour course. With diligence, and working 35 weeks per year, students have the opportunity to graduate from Whitefield College in four years with an excellent education, fitting them to take their places in home, church, and society.

The chart below should help prospective students calculate their potential course load and length of college career. The figures are estimates, and are not intended to be a guarantee of outcome. The skills and disciplines a student brings to bear upon his or her studies, such as reading speed and comprehension, research and essay writing experience, and typing proficiency, will impact the time needed to complete a course of study.

Most students prefer to be working on one course at a time because they can focus on the subject and it promotes more vital retention.

GRADUATION

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