Advisor provides graduation tips

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Graduation requirements exist to help students on their path to graduation; though sometimes students see them as irritating hoops to jump through. The magnitude of their transgression however, may not become apparent until senior year, when they blindside a student off the graduation track.  According to Gretchen Potter, the director of academic advising, the three most commonly missed requirements that hurt students are, the 124 total credit minimum, the 40 upper division credit minimum, and the 52 hour rule.

To graduate students need at least 124 total credits, 40 of which should be upper division. 52 of the total 124 need to be from the student’s major.

For the students who map out their four years here and then feel frustrated when a class is not offered in the semester they had hoped to take it, Potter advised mapping out only two years ahead. Potter also mentioned that course schedules for the academic year will be available all at once, so that students planning for fall semester can check which classes will be offered in upcoming semesters. “Students can always contact the departments about a specific class they want and about when it is supposed to be offered,” she added.

For planning out core requirements, such as focal studies, Potter stressed flexibility. Students should carve out a time to take their art credit, for example, but not set their heart on one art class in particular. As a reminder, she added that “Students are required to declare focal studies at 45 credits, which is the middle of sophomore year, though they can change the  declaration later.”

Potter later noted that after registration in October, there will be a graduation check for seniors, at which “there will be registrar staff to check program evaluations and make sure everything is on track.”


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