• Row of happy college graduates in cap and gown sitting at commencement. "Why 15 to Finish? Uthans with a college degree earn more money than people who don't have a degree."
  • Happy graduate in cap and gown holding two thumbs up! "Why 15 to Finish? By 2020, 68% of jobs in Utah will require a career certificate or a college degree."
  • Smiling graduate in cap and gown standing next to her smiling husband. "Why 15 to Finish? Students taking 15 credits get better grades than students taking 12 credits (it's true!).
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Your time in college can encompass some of the best years of your life—who could blame you for wanting to extend your college experience? Even so, there are many advantages to finishing your bachelor's degree in four years. Here are just a few:


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!


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.


As amazing as college may 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 interests. Do you want to go to graduate school? Travel the world? Volunteer? Then graduate in four years and get on with your life!


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.


Planning to graduate in 4 years not only makes sense, it is also very realistic. Simply follow the guidelines below and plan carefully.

  1. 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.

  2. Decide on a major and stick with it. Get on your major track as soon as possible.

  3. Use Wolverine Track. This all-in-one tool helps you plan, register, and track your progress.

  4. Take 15 credits each semester (fall and spring), or 12 each semester plus 6 credits in summer. You can also use summer semester to catch up when needed, or get ahead on your plan.

  5. Make school your priority and work your schedule around your classes, not the other way around.

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