Finish in 4
Our commitment to your graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take the Finish in 4 pledge?

All full-time freshmen, with the following exceptions:

Are there a lot of extra requirements?

No! The pledge only includes actions and behaviors that have always helped students be successful in attaining a bachelor’s degree in four years.

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

Students are reviewed annually to determine if they have fulfilled all components of the pledge. You will be notified by email (usually in summer or early fall) of any/all pledge components that you have not fulfilled. Additionally, you are expected to check in every semester with your advisor to ensure that you are on track with your 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 to get off track of your four year graduation plan. If you spend longer than four years in college, you can incur greater expenses and possibly higher debt.

If you do not meet all pledge requirements, you are no longer eligible for the opportunity to complete the courses needed for your degree free of tuition and comprehensive fee charges. The university 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 four 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 (such as studying abroad or pursuing 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, graduating in four years (from the date you began) is unlikely. If your status as a student becomes inactive, then so too does your status in Finish in 4. Should you return after a leave, you would be encouraged to continue on a timely path toward graduation.

Last updated: February 28, 2019 11:54 am EST