semester hour


: a unit of academic credit representing an hour of class (such as lecture class) or three hours of laboratory work each week for an academic semester

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Army provides up to $250 per semester hour, and the benefit maxes out at $4,000 for the fiscal year. NBC News, 9 June 2021 Recognition is awarded to full-time undergrads who earned at least a 3.4 GPA for not less than 12 semester hours of credit in the fall semester. cleveland, 14 Feb. 2020 The social work major made the Dean’s List for earning at least a 3.4 GPA for not less than 12 semester hours of credit that semester., 19 July 2019 Students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or greater while carrying a course load of 12 or more semester hours to be named. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, 11 June 2019 The rule change says an applicant has to successfully complete 12 additional semester hours of law school courses at an American Bar Association accredited law school on subjects covered by or skills necessary to pass the bar exam. USA TODAY, 11 June 2019 To qualify, students have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.7 while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, 22 June 2018 The student must take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with all academic courses impacting their grade point average. Houston Chronicle, 7 June 2018 His Air Force training led to more than 80 semester hours of meteorological college credit. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, 16 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semester hour was in 1922

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Cite this Entry

“Semester hour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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