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Four-Year Graduation Plan

Four-Year Graduation Plan requirements and application formPDF document icon

Frequently Asked Questions

How may I join the Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan?

  1. Enter Columbia College as a freshman and make the decision to graduate within four years.
  2. Meet with your academic advisor and determine that you are currently on track toward your four-year graduation.
  3. Sign the Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan agreement within your first two semesters of enrollment at Columbia College (subject to approval by the college).

What are my responsibilities?
The Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan is an excellent tool for communicating with your advisor. Keep in close contact. All of the requirements are outlined in the plan agreement. Some terms of the plan that you are expected to adhere to:

  1. Register for the next term within the first 48 hours of the start of Day Program registration.
  2. Take required courses at the times they are available.
  3. (If a chemistry major) Take CHEM 110 during your first semester of enrollment.
  4. (If a mathematics major) Take MATH 150 or a higher level course during your first semester of enrollment.
  5. Earn a quarter of your required credits each year.

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May I perform an internship or study abroad while on the Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan?
Yes. That's the value of mapping out your four years at Columbia College and working closely with your academic advisor. Explore the array of opportunities available to enrich your undergraduate program and incorporate them within your four-year plan. Earn credit while traveling abroad with Columbia College's annual study abroad programs.

May I change majors or delay declaring a major?
Yes. You can change your major, delay declaring your major or add minors or additional programs at any time. You'll still be on the Four-Year Plan if, at the time you change, your academic advisor and you determine that you can still graduate within four years of entering Columbia College as a freshman and your change in major is approved by the vice president and dean for academic affairs.

What happens if I fall behind in credits while on the Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan?
You would no longer be in the Columbia College Four-Year Graduation Plan. However, once you catch up, i.e. earn one-quarter of the applicable credits, in the prescribed sequence, for your degree program for each year since entering as a freshman, you're back in the program. You can use summers to catch up. Catch-up credit can be taken as a visiting student at another institution and incorporated into your four-year plan.

May I use the Cooperative Cross-Enrollment Agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Stephens?
Yes; however, course availability at the other institutions is not guaranteed.

View the Four-Year Graduation Plan requirements and application formPDF document icon.

Adapted with permission from Iowa State University