Academic Load and Attendance


A full student program consists of 12 to 18 semester units. Most full-time students will enroll for an average of 15 units each semester in order to complete a 60-unit degree program in the recommended four-semester sequence. Students desiring to enroll in more than 18 units must obtain approval from a counselor.

A student is expected to spend two hours in preparation for each hour of class lecture or recitation. If students enroll for 12 units, they should plan to spend at least 24 hours a week for class preparation.


Regular attendance promotes success in class activities. Therefore, students are expected to attend all sessions of each class in which they are enrolled. A student may be considered excessively absent from a class when the cumulative absences exceed the total number of hours that the class meets during a week. Each instructor establishes their own attendance standards; the instructor must make the attendance standards known at the first class. It is a student's responsibility to make certain they understand the standard to be met in each class.

College activities such as athletic events, student government conferences, music festivals, field trips, and similar sanctioned activities are approved instructional activities. However, this should not be interpreted to mean that a student is excused from class assignment. It is the student's responsibility to consult with each instructor prior to the absence to clarify what work must be done for each class and the deadline for completion of the work to the instructor's satisfaction.

A student who ceases to attend a class and fails to officially drop the class either through MyMendo or submission of a drop card to the Office of Admissions and Records, or Center registration desk, before the withdrawal deadline may receive a grade of "F."