Finish in Four

Frequently Asked Questions...

Who can take the Finish in 4 pledge?

All full-time freshmen, with the following exceptions:

  • students entering into programs that include a dual/combined degree, graduate degree or advanced professional degree such as: Doctor of Pharmacy; combined Occupational Therapy BS/MS; combined Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees
  • students entering in a spring term
    • Four-year Curricular Plans were all developed with a fall entry to the University. Most plans are flexible and students entering in a spring term are encouraged to work with their advisor on customizing an academic plan for degree completion in a timely manner.
    • Expected graduation date will vary for students entering in spring dependent on whether or not that have already completed college-level coursework.

Are there a lot of extra requirements?

  • No! The pledge only includes actions and behaviors that have always helped students be successful in attaining their baccalaureate degree in four years.

How will I know if I am fulfilling the Pledge requirements?

  • Students are reviewed annually to determine if you have fulfilled all components of the Pledge and you will be notified by email (usually in summer or early fall) of any/all Pledge components that you did not fulfill. Additionally, you are expected to check in every semester with your advisor to ensure that you are on track with the Curricular Plan and other departmental academic standards for your major(s).

Is there a penalty for not fulfilling the requirements of the Pledge?

  • There is no direct penalty, but not fulfilling certain requirements of the Pledge may cause you fall of track of your four year graduation plan. If you spend longer than four years in college you are incurring greater expenses and possibly higher debt.
  • And, If you have not met all Pledge requirements, you would no longer be eligible for the benefit of UB providing you the opportunity to complete the courses needed for your degree free of tuition and comprehensive fee charges. We will, however, uphold our commitment to provide students with the resources and guidance needed to achieve their academic goals at UB.

Why don’t students graduate in four years?

  • The reasons students don’t graduate in 4 years include inadequate planning, not registering for the right classes on time or in sequence, not attempting and earning enough credits each term, not utilizing campus resources to their benefit, and not exploring major and career interests early in their academic experience.
  • Students sometimes decide to add extra components to their educational program which do add value, but may also add time. Students need to consult with an advisor to determine how to complete additional opportunities like studying abroad, double majors/degrees in the least time necessary.

What if I change majors?

  • If you decide to pursue a different major, contact your advisor immediately. Your advisor will work with you to develop an alternative plan with every effort to keep you on track to graduate in four years.
  • UB has a number of academic paths to choose from, and timely planning with your advisor will help you to Finish in 4!

What if I need to take a break from my studies at UB?

  • If you do not remain continuously enrolled in UB classes from semester-to-semester then it would be very unlikely to graduate in four years (from the date you began) and if your status as a student becomes "inactive" then so too would your status in "Finish in 4". Should you return after a leave you would be encouraged to continue on a timely path toward graduation.