According to MyCollegeGuide.org, approximately 59% of students in four-year bachelor degree programs end up needing six years to graduate. However, with hard work and diligent planning, it is possible to complete the program within four years. To help you, some colleges offer a four-year graduation guarantee.
This guarantee is a promise from the college to provide support if they can’t meet certain conditions. For example, if the environmental engineering courses you need to take are not available, you may need to spend more than four years in college in order to complete your degree. In this case, the college will cover your costs past the four-year mark.
Keep in mind that requirements vary by college. Sometimes, it’s necessary for the student to stay with the same college major throughout the entire four years. Other requirements may include remaining in good academic standing, regularly meeting with an academic advisor, and devising a plan for the courses you will take each semester.
Before settling on a college, ask as Admissions Representative if the four-year guarantee is available for your college major of choice. At most colleges that offer this guarantee, you need to sign up for it during your freshman year. Sometimes, you even have to sign up before you start school. Either way, make sure to ask early so that you don’t miss the opportunity.
If you want to enroll in a college that doesn’t offer this guarantee, ask the Admissions Department about the percentage of students who graduate within four years. If the number seems low, ask about it. Is it because of low student motivation? Are there too few resources available to ensure academic success? Do internships make programs lengthy?
The answer will help you determine if it’s the right school for you. If there’s something understandable happening, like excellent internship opportunities that push graduation a bit farther into the future, that may be worth the late graduation date. On the other hand, if class availability tends to be low, you may want to look into other schools.