How to Convert Hours to College Units Earned

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A college unit is a measurement of credit given to students for completing various courses. Keeping track of units is extremely important in terms of requirements for scholarships, athletics and graduation. Certain clubs and organizations also require students to have a certain number of credits. You might hear the term "hours" applied to college classes. You can convert college hours to academic units earned by following a simple mathematical formula.

  • Add the time that you spend in class during one week of a particular class. If you haven't begun a class yet or are simply inquiring, ask the registrar or other qualified personnel.

  • Equate the total hours that you spend in class each week to the amount of college units that you will earn for that class. For example, if a class meets for an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you would earn 3 units for the successful completion of that class.

  • Consult a college employee involved in academic affairs to find out the specific policy for your college. Although weekly hours usually has a direct relationship to units earned, your academic institution might have a different system.

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