Credit Overload (Exploratory and Undeclared Students)


In exceptional circumstances, students may request an overload of the maximum credit hours allowed to undergraduate students. Freshmen and transfer students in their first semesters are not permitted overload permission as they have yet to establish an academic history at George Mason University.

In order to be considered for an overload, students must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Successfully completed the prior semester and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (C+ average) or higher.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to handle a heavy course load in a previous semester with no grades less than a “C”.
  • Have no remaining incomplete grades (IN’s) from a previous semester.

Requests for overloads are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students should complete the Academic Request form and the Credit Overload request form.  Both forms can be emailed to or sent to an Exploratory Academic Advisor. The request is then reviewed by a committee, and a decision will be emailed to you as quickly as possible.  No requests for overloads will be considered after the ADD deadline of any semester.

If approved for an overload, the student is responsible for adding into the additional class(es) and paying for the additional class(es) by the official deadlines listed in the Schedule of Classes