Your time in college can encompass some of the best years and greatest experiences of your life--who could blame you for wanting your college years to last forever? Even so, there are many advantages to finishing your bachelor's degree in four years. Here are just a few:
You Will Save Money*
Taking 15 credits per semester at UVU costs the same amount of money as taking 12 credits. That's like getting a free class every semester! And the savings get even bigger compared to a student who only attends part-time. The average 4-year degree is approximately 120 credits. You will save over $8600 if you take 15 credits a semester vs. 6 credits a semester!
You Can Make Money
As soon as you graduate, you open the door to better jobs that weren't available to you before. When you graduate, you could be earning more because you have a college degree. Let's compare the earnings of an average student position to the type of position you could be eligible for as a college graduate:
Student Position: $9.00 per hour x 25 hours per week=$225 per week/$900 per month/$10,800 per year.
College Graduate Position: $35,000 per year salary (average wage with Bachelor's degree in Utah), plus benefits and paid time off.
That's a difference of over $24,000 per year! This is money you could use to pay off debt, save for a down payment on a house, take a tropical vacation, or just eat something besides Top Ramen. By graduating in four years you can get moving in your career and reap the benefits.
You Can Experience Life!
As amazing as college can be, college is meant to prepare you to live a fulfilling life off campus. If you take an extra year or two to finish college, that's time you don't have to pursue other worthwhile activities. What dreams do you have? Do you want to get a graduate degree? Travel? Volunteer? Graduate in four years and get on with your life!
Planning to graduate in 4 years not only makes sense, it is also very realistic. Simply follow these basic guidelines and plan carefully. For expert help in putting your graduation plan together, contact your Academic Advisor. Don't know who your Advisor is? Click
Meet with your Academic Advisor and make a plan. Tell them that your goal is to graduate in four years. Meet with them every semester to make sure you are on track.
Decide on a major and stick with it. Get on your major track as soon as possible.
. This all-in-one tool helps you plan, register, and track your progress.
Register for 15 credits every fall and spring semester. Use summer semester to catch up if needed, or get ahead on your plan.
Make school your priority and work your schedule around your classes, not the other way around.
ASK FOR HELP if you are having difficulty making, keeping or tracking your plan (
your Advisor would LOVE to help you!
Personal Graduation Planning Document (pdf)
Print this document and write out your plan. Then take it to your Advisor for review.
UVU Financial Aid Office
Planning to graduate in four years means you need a financial plan, too. Talk with a UVU Financial Aid Counselor to create your personal four-year college financial plan. With financial assistance, you can concentrate on your studies, work fewer hours and finish college faster!
*NOTE: UVU may charge an Excess Credit Surcharge for students having over 125% of the credits necessary for their degree, subject to conditions set forth in SBOR policy R510 Tuition and Fees.