Graduating in Four Years
UW–Madison encourages, supports, and expects students to graduate on time. While many students traditionally graduate within four years, some take more or less time. A formal agreement and plan leading to graduation within four years is a path that might appeal to students looking for a more structured collegiate experience. If you make a plan, and follow these guidelines, you should be able to graduate in a timely manner.
The Four-Year Graduation Agreement is available to students wishing to enter into a signed agreement to complete their program (if it qualifies) within four years. The agreement itself is a simple document. The protocol described below is more detailed. Mainly, the student has to develop and maintain an academic plan and have regular contact with UW–Madison advisers. To maximize students' success in this program, the protocol provides a prescribed amount of structure during four, consecutive undergraduate years.
The UW–Madison Four-Year Graduation Agreement is designed to formalize a plan for students to graduate within four calendar years from initial enrollment, assuming full-time continuous registration. Participation in the agreement does not guarantee admission to any specific lecture, discussion section or lab, major or department, nor does it give priority registration to the student. The University agrees to provide the services and remedy described in the Agreement. The steps the student must take each year in order to participate and graduate according to the Agreement are described in the following protocol:
The UW–Madison Four-Year Graduation Agreement Protocol