How To Succeed in College/Finishing on Schedule

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Is It Possible to Finish College in Four Years?[edit]

While just half of incoming freshmen at public universities in the US finish their college degree in four years, it is possible.[1] However, it requires careful planning and diligence.

If you want to finish your degree in four years, take the following steps:

  1. Work out a four-year plan that includes every course you'll need to take to complete your major and when you'll take each course.
  2. Sit down with your advisor and make sure your plan is accurate and reasonable.
  3. Stick to your plan.

Some things that can impede your progress include: losing motivation, taking on a job, and changing your major. Also, make sure you complete any paperwork you need for graduation well in advance of the deadline. If the noted steps are followed, you should have no trouble getting your degree on-time. In-fact, it is even possible to finish college early if a student takes advantage of online and summer courses.

Unfortunately, there are also some factors that can impede college completion that may not be within a student's control. Things like limited family income or attending a community college increase the odds of not completing one's degree or not completing it in four years.[1]


  1. a b Bowen, William G., Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson. 2009. Helping Students Finish the 4-Year Run. The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 8, 2009.