In order to graduate “on time” students need to take at least 15 credits hours each semester. When you multiple 15 credit hours by 8 semesters (4 years not including summer sessions) you receive 120 credit hours, which is the number of credit hours that a student needs in order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. It is not only important that a student takes 15 credits a semester to graduate in 4 year, but it is also important that the 15 credits are in course work that is working towards their graduation requirements. We encourage students to regularly meet with their advisors and to utilize the Advising Assistance Center. Students should also become familiar with their program of study in the University Catalog.
Why Take 15 credits a semester?
- Make more money! Finishing in 4 years will allow you to enter the work force with a degree sooner- people in the work force with a degree on average earn about $23,000 more a year than people without a degree.
- Be more likely to earn a degree! The longer you are in school, the less likely you are to finish with a degree.
- Save money! Students that take 15 credits a year often accrue less debt, because they save money on tuition.
To find out more about the strategies to and benefits of taking 15 credit hours a semster visit the 15 to Finish website.
Learn more about majors and programs, campus life, on-time graduation and other tips for success in the College 101 Handbook.
Find more information about postsecondary schools, how to prepare for college, and explore majors and minors at the College Foundation of West Virginia College Planning Website.
Knowing your major and future career path can help ensure you are taking the classes you will need to graduate. Vist the College Foundation of West Virginia Career Planning Website to take an assessment of your values, skills, and interests and explore possible career paths.