Finish in Four!

The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to providing all of its students with the resources and support they need to finish their college degrees in four years.

Do the math:

120 hours is the minimum required to graduate.

120 hours divided by 4 years = 30 credit hours per year divided by 2 semesters (Fall & Spring) per year =

15 credit hours per semester to graduate in 4 years.

So what’s the problem?

The problem is that 80% of students who expect to graduate in four years believe 12 credit hours is sufficient,

it’s not enough and means TWO extra semesters.


Talk to your advisor to learn more about resources – such as Summer Session – you can use to stay on track to graduation.


5th year college expenses + one year lost income costs students $70K


Students who attempt 15+ credit hours are 2X as likely to finish college in four years.

For incoming students, you should think about doing Summer College this summer before your first semester if you’ve placed into preparatory chemistry, math, and writing.

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