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Continuing Students: Degree Completion


How can I Complete a degree in the shortest amount of time required?
With careful planning, students can complete most majors in four years (or less, for students with transfer credit).

If you already know your intended major when you enter Seattle Pacific, carefully consult with your faculty advisor regarding timing and sequencing of courses.
Before or during your first quarter at SPU:
Complete the Math Proficiency Exam before you register for your second quarter at SPU.
  • Complete the English Placement Test. If you are a transfer student, this should be accomplished before you register for your second quarter’s classes; freshmen will take the test in USEM 1000.
  • Become familiar with technology in the Library, and log on to your SPU email account frequently. Most SPU offices communicate via your SPU email address.
  • Become familiar with all information and processes available through the Student Menu in the Banner Information System.
Quarterly check your progress toward graduation by logging into the Banner Information System, selecting “Student Menu,” choosing “Academic Progress Menu,” and choosing “Degree Status Check.”
By the end of year one:
Complete at least 45 college-level credits and do the following:
  • Learn your roles and responsibilities, and those of your faculty advisor and undergraduate academic counselor.
  • Develop short- and long-range personal degree-related goals.
  • Complete any proficiency courses prescribed as a result of your math proficiency and English placement exams.
  • Complete USEM 1000, UCOR 1000, UFDN 1000, and 30 credits toward your Exploratory Curriculum.
  • Choose an “academic home” and an advisor in your area of interest.
By the end of year two:
Complete at least 90 college-level credits and do the following:
  • Pre-major interests should solidify.
  • Explore your interests and skills to help you make vocational and academic major choices.
  • Complete UCOR 2000 and UFDN 2000 (or UFDN 3001, if you entered SPU with 90 credits or more). Complete or plan completion of your Exploratory Curriculum and foreign language requirements.
  • Begin taking 3000-level courses.
  • Plan which “W” courses you will take.
  • Apply for your major.
By the end of year three:
Complete at least 135 college-level credits and do the following:
  • Complete UCOR 3000 and UFDN 3100, and Complete or plan completion of your Exploratory Curriculum requirements.
  • Map out and concentrate on requirements for your major.
  • Explore internship possibilities.
  • Apply for the Student Career Connection program in the Career Development Center, and network with an alumnus in your field of interest.
  • Apply to graduate.
By the end of year four:
Complete at least 180 college-level credits and do the following:
  • Take primarily upper-division courses (numbered 3000–4999).
  • Complete 60 or more upper-division credits.
  • Complete requirements for your major.
  • Complete “W” requirements.
  • Do an internship, if you have not yet done so.
  • Begin the job search, or apply for necessary examinations for graduate school.
  • Attend as many Career Development Center programs as possible.
  • Participate in Convocation, Ivy Cutting, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
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