Blue the Wolverine recommends taking 15 units each semester, here’s why:

Almost every 2-year degree requires 60 units. Added up, you’ll need at least 15 units per semester to graduate in 2 years!
Students who take 15 units per semester tend to get higher GPAs.
Taking 15 units per semester saves you money! Extra years of college can cost thousands, both in what you pay and what you lose from not having a job.

Tips for Success!

  1. Meet with a counselor to develop your two-year Education Plan. After that, make sure to meet your counselor at least once a semester to make sure you’re still on track. Make your appointment today!
  2. If you cannot take 15 or more units in the fall or spring semesters, take 12 units each in fall and spring, and 6 units during the summer to stay on track.
  3. Visit tutoring and academic support centers when you need the extra help with your classes. More info here.


Each unit is equal to 1 hour a week in class (or virtually in class) and a recommended 2 hours a week of homework/study time. 15 units would require approximately 45 hours a week of class time and study time.
It is highly recommended that you set up an appointment to speak with your Counselor who can assist you with your options.
If you are a participant in a campus program, it is highly recommended that you set up an appointment with their program Counselor to discuss your eligibility requirements.
Having a good school and work balance is important. If you work full-time (40+ hours a week), we recommend that you reduce the number of units. If you work 20 hours or less, taking 15 or may units may be feasible for you depending on any additional responsibilities you may have.