John Dee Bright College

Academic Regulations

Standard Course Load

The standard course load at Bright College consists of the following:

  • 12 credit hours in each of the first three regular semesters.
  • 3 credit hours in January of the first year.
  • 6 credit hours in the summer between the first and second year.
  • 15 credit hours spanning January and the spring semester of the second year.


Additional Credits

In their first semester, Bright College students may enroll in one additional credit of undergraduate coursework at Drake, including university ensembles, and may audition for theatre productions.

Beginning in their second semester, Bright College students are eligible to enroll in up to four additional credits of undergraduate coursework at Drake. Bright College student registration will follow general undergraduate registration.

Repeated coursework (see below) will count against the allowable overload after the first semester and will require the payment of an administrative fee.


Transfer Students

The articulation of transfer credits will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Ordinarily, college credits earned at a fully accredited college or university in the United States can be applied to ongoing education at Drake following the completion of the Associate’s Degree, but not to the completion of the Associate’s Degree itself.

Depending on their prior coursework, however, students may be able to transfer twelve credits toward the first semester’s required coursework in Bright College in order to start in January or spring, rather than August, of the first year.

To do so, those credits must comprise the topic areas of the first-semester seminar components:

  • Written Communication
  • Contemporary US History
  • Race, ethnicity, identity, and/or immigration in the United States.

In extraordinary circumstances, the dean, in consultation with the registrar’s office and faculty, may authorize exceptions to the transfer-credit area-of-study requirements above.

Students who transfer into the spring semester, rather than the first January term, will be required to take JBC 025 in the second January and pay the appropriate overload tuition and fees.


Part-Time Students

With the exception of students repeating a course or seminar component after all other degree requirements have been met, all students attending Bright College enroll on a full-time basis.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.