First-time Freshmen - How to Graduate in Four Years

At Humboldt, we realize that the completion of your undergraduate degree in four years may be an important goal. To assist you, we are committed to advising you on how to graduate within four years. At the same time, we believe that an education with an emphasis on time constraints might not meet some students' desire for enhanced educational experiences.

If you choose to change majors, enhance your education by taking additional courses, involve yourself in extra-curricular activities, study abroad, engage in one or more internships or work study opportunities, or work, it may not be possible to graduate within four years.

The quality of your experience may be more important than the time it takes to complete your degree. As a residential community, Humboldt staff and faculty will strive to provide you with an enriched educational experience and we offer the following guidelines for completing graduation requirements in four years.

Complete the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Math Test (ELM) or be eligible to take General Education (GE) level Math and English upon admission to the University. Should your test scores be insufficient to place you in degree eligible course work, your time to degree will be increased as you enroll in the necessary remedial course work in order to become eligible to take GE level Math and English.

Declare a major at the time of admission or during your first semester. A major change may increase the time to degree.

Review your DARS Audit to see all completed, in progress and outstanding degree requirements

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Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 non-remedial semester units per year. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is needed to graduate.

Meet each semester with your assigned academic advisor to plan an appropriate course of study. Also, meet with an Office of the Registrar Transfer & Graduation Counselor (Office of the Registrar, SBS 133) each semester to review academic progress.

Pass the Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE) as soon as possible after completion of 60 semester units.

Apply for graduation at least three semesters prior to graduation.

Participate in early registration each semester, and refrain from withdrawing and/or taking educational leaves.

Beginning in Fall 2017, selected students may be eligible to participate in the California Promise program.