Four Year Plans
Muir College’s Provost and faculty are confident that courses and advising are available to ensure you can complete your degree requirements in 4 years with a little planning during your first year at UCSD. The "Four Year Plans" are designed to help you start planning now to graduate from UC San Diego in 4 years for any given major.
Major requirements vary, and individual patterns are subject to change.
Note: The four year plans are sample planning guides for Muir College students. Changes may occur throughout your four years at UC San Diego. To stay on track :
- Check the quarterly online Schedule of Classes to see when courses are offered.
- Review course descriptions and prerequisites for the courses you wish to take in the online catalog.
- Check your major department's website for the most current information regarding major requirements.
- Complete the Academic Planning Worksheet (pdf) to personalize your academic plan, taking into account coursework already cleared by AP credits, and transfer coursework.
Advisors at John Muir College and the in the academic departments are there to help you keep track of changes in requirements, plan for prerequisites, and verify when courses you need are offered. Communicate with us on a regular basis to stay on track.
Please visit the Four Year Plans site to view available plans.
For more information and strategies for graduating on time, visit Timely Degree Completion.
Graduating in four years doesn’t just look great on your resume; it saves you a year or two years’ worth of tuition. That’s literally thousands of dollars in savings. However, according to a 2014 study by Complete College America, only 19% of full-time college students graduate from public colleges within four years as reported by The New York Times.
So what can you do to ensure that you won’t be on a five or six-year plan for a four-year degree?
1. Transfer credits.
If you’re in high school, enroll in courses that count toward college credit. Whether these are AP courses or opportunities provided by the local college, these classes can get you a leg up on finishing your degree on time. Ask your counselor about these offerings.
2. Know your major.
Typically, college students are required to declare their major during sophomore year. Get all of your core classes completed during your freshmen year, and explore major opportunities through the school’s course catalog so you can be prepared. Make sure you know which courses you need to complete your major as well as when they’re offered. Keep in mind that some courses are only offered at certain points in the year.
3. Meet with your advisor.
If you’re at a small college, it may be a requirement that you meet with your advisor once or twice a year, but at a larger university, it may be merely a suggestion. Think of it as a necessary step each year when you’re choosing your classes. An advisor knows which courses are required for your major as well as when they’re available. They can help you develop a realistic game plan for graduating in four years.
4. Go above and beyond.
If you fall behind or decide to change your major halfway through college, take summer classes to make up the time or courses you missed. Summer classes cost a lot less than a full year’s worth of tuition. Also, if you plan to study abroad, choose a program that fulfills major requirements but allows you the international experience you want.
5. Record your requirements.
Keep a log of the requirements for your major every year that you’re in school. Sometimes, major requirements change, and you don’t want a discrepancy in what the school requires and what you say you’ve completed. By keeping documentation, you can prove that you’ve met all the requirements each year for your major.
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