Four Year Graduation Plan

The University of Iowa’s Four-Year Graduation Plan

Nearly all students who enter the University as first-year students are automatically eligible for the University’s Four-Year Graduation Plan. Students who fulfill the Student Responsibilities outlined below have a commitment from The University of Iowa that they will be able to enroll in the courses they need to graduate in their primary major in four years.  

Students wanting to stay on track for four-year graduation need to work closely with their advisors to make sure they understand the requirements that must be met, as well as the appropriate sequences in which to take courses.

The details of the Plan are listed here.

Student Responsibility

To remain eligible for the benefits of the Four-Year Graduation Plan, you must:

  1. Begin at the University as an entering first-year student.
  2. Understand that this plan covers primary majors only.
  3. Stay on track with your semester hours so that you earn 90 s.h. prior to the beginning of your senior year.  Students entering The University of Iowa Fall 2013 and later should be aware of the new Summer Hawk Tuition Grant program.  Summer school is a great way to catch up or get ahead on hours or requirements.
  4. Meet with your advisor at least once each semester to discuss progress toward graduation and identify courses needed in the following semester.
  5. Meet the checkpoints (a sequence of required courses) outlined for your major.  If you should fall behind the timetable for the checkpoints, see your advisor to determine if it is possible for you to restructure your academic plan in order to stay on a four-year path to graduation.  The checkpoints are being updated for the 2013-2014 year.  In the meantime, you may find checkpoints for each eligible major in the departmental sections of the 2012-2013 edition of the University's General Catalog.
    If you are an Open major, or if you are working to get into a competitive admission major, or if you change majors once you are at the University, consult your advisor once you are in your new major to see if it still possible to meet the new checkpoints.
  6. Accept responsibility for monitoring your own progress so that you stay on track for graduating in four years.
  7. If you should be placed on academic probation, work with your advisor or collegiate office to see if a four-year graduation plan is still the best path for you.
  8. Accept responsibility for timely annual application for financial assistance.
  9. If graduation may be delayed due to the unavailability of a required course, notify in writing the executive officer of the department offering the course as soon as you recognize that the course is unavailable.

The University's Commitment

The University assures Four-Year Graduation Plan participants who fulfill the student responsibilities that they will be able to enroll in required courses that permit graduation in a single major in four years. The Plan does not apply to second majors, minors, or certificates.

In the event the you would be unable to graduate due to the unavailability of a course (or courses), the Department and College offering the major will choose one of the following remedies:

  1. Allow you to graduate in four years by substituting a different course (or courses) or independent study assignment, as determined by the Department and College offering your major.
  2. Allow you to graduate in four years by waiving the requirement, as determined by the Department and College offering your major.
  3. If, for some reason, neither of these two remedies are available to you, the University will pay the tuition and fees for you to take the unavailable course(s) at The University of Iowa in a later term.

There are a few majors that are not part of the Four-Year Graduation Plan:

Although these departments do not participate in the program, with careful planning students may still be able to complete some of these programs in four years.