How many classes should I take in the first semester?

Q: Should I take four classes or five? Is 12 credits enough? Is 18 too many?

A: It’s hard to give general answers to these questions. The most important thing is to make a decision that is right for you; don’t get caught up in worrying about what other people are doing. Think about your own goals for your first semester, and discuss with your peer advisor or your dean if you need advice.

You will eventually need to take at least 38 courses and earn at least 120 credits (see the degree requirements of the College), but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be behind if you decide to start more slowly, with only four classes. Some students enter with advanced credit, others opt to take summer courses (here on campus, through a Georgetown study abroad program, or through another college or university).  You will have plenty of time to “catch up” (and, for that reason, shouldn’t worry about falling behind).

Some of you will find yourselves enrolled in 17 or 18 credits as a result of intensive, five- or six-credit language courses or science classes with lab requirements. This is very common and perfectly manageable, but you should feel free to discuss with your dean or peer advisor if you have questions or concerns about taking on a heavy course load while making the transition to college.