Student Classification | Southwestern Illinois College

A student who has earned 29 or fewer semester hours of college credit is a freshman. A student who has earned 30 or more semester hours of college credit is a sophomore. A student registered for 12 or more semester hours is a full-time student. A student registered for less than 12 semester hours is a part-time student. For financial aid purposes, 12 semester credits is considered full time during the summer term.