Four-year Graduation Guarantee
The four-year guarantee for graduation relies on mutual commitment from the
student to follow a list of practical guidelines while attending college, and
from the university to ensure that required courses or acceptable alternatives
Students must have appropriate high school preparation, pursue a course of
study that is intended for four-year completion and follow these prudent
- Select a major early in college and stay with that major.
- Work closely with academic advisors to develop a four-year curricular plan.
- Sign up early for classes during each semester’s pre-registration period.
- Register for and complete 15-18 credit hours per semester with acceptable
- Work at a job fewer than 20 hours per week.
- When a required course is not available, notify the department chair in a
In turn, the university guarantees the student will be able to enroll in
courses that permit graduation in four years. If that is not possible, the
university will provide mutually acceptable alternatives or substitutions. Of
course, not all students are in a position to graduate in four years. Some may
need or prefer to work more hours and attend school part-time, or they may be
enrolled in a program that requires more than four years. Others may just
choose a different pace or the opportunity to take a wider range of courses
that are not directly related to their field of study. This program is designed
for those who want to complete their degree program as quickly as possible.
The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee was approved by the University of Nebraska
Board of Regents in 2002. The program recognizes the importance of Nebraska
undergraduate students being able to earn their bachelor's or
first-professional degrees in timely fashion.
More information is available from campus admissions offices:
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Nebraska at Omaha