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How to graduate in four years

If you follow the basic principles below and plan carefully, you can graduate with your undergraduate degree in four years. It can save you both time and money. Read more about the financial advantages of a four-year graduation or three-year graduation for transfer students:

Enroll in at least 15 credits every semester. The University of Minnesota requires a minimum of 120 credits for an undergraduate degree. Many graduates finish with more than the minimum number of credits.

If you fall behind on your program requirements, consider taking summer classes to make up for lost credits. They can also ease your academic load during the school year. While there are many benefits to summer enrollment, be aware of any effects it may have on your financial aid.

Make an effort not to drop more than one or two classes during your entire college career. Similarly, avoid repeating classes. Work towards earning satisfactory grades, and plan your classes carefully so that you can swiftly make progress on your program requirements. These principles will save you time and money.

Make an effort to prioritize school and create a healthy school-life balance. Between classes, work, extracurricular activities, and personal responsibilities, you may have a lot on your plate. Keep class attendance and study time as your main priorities.

Take advantage of the knowledge and resources of advisors. Talk to them about your ideas, questions, and concerns. They have a lot of knowledge to share and can point you in the right direction.

Important Dates


Wed, Dec 22, 2021 End of fall semester
Tue, Jan 18, 2022 Spring full semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Tue, Mar 15, 2022 Spring second 7-week session begins