Colleges That Offer a Four-Year Graduation Guarantee
About 59 percent of students in four-year bachelor’s degree programs graduate college in six years. Despite that statistic, it is possible to get a bachelor’s degree in four years today, but it takes good planning, hard work and dedication.
Some colleges even offer special four-year guarantees where if certain conditions are met, and the classes you need to take are not available, the college will cover any additional costs past four years.
The student requirements of the guarantees vary by college, but may require you to stick to one college major, maintain good academic standing, create a plan for courses you’ll take each year and meet regularly with an academic adviser.
Which colleges offer a four-year guarantee?
Here’s 29 colleges that offer a four-year guarantee program. (Note: This is subject to change, so check with the college before applying or enrolling.)
- Bacone College (OK)
- Baldwin-Wallace College (OH)
- Bethel College (KS)
- California State University, San Bernardino
- California State University – Fullerton
- Dakota Wesleyan University (SD)
- DePauw College (IN)
- Doane College (NE)
- Eastern Illinois University
- Florida Southern College
- Fort Lewis College (CO)
- Green Mountain College (VT)
- Indiana State University
- Jacksonville University (FL)
- Juniata College (PA)
- Kentucky Wesleyan College
- Pace University (NY)
- Portland State University
- Randolph-Macon College
- Sierra Nevada College (NV)
- Unity College (ME)
- University of Buffalo (NY)
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Maine at Farmington
- University of Minnesota
- University of Nebraska
- University of the Pacific (CA)
- Virginia Wesleyan College (VA)
- Wisconsin Lutheran College
No matter which college you’re interested in (even if it’s not on this list) be sure to ask an admission counselor if a four-year guarantee is offered for college majors you’re interested in. At many colleges, you need to sign up for the four-year guarantee during your freshman year or even before you start your first college class. So, ask early.
And, if a college doesn’t offer a guarantee, ask them what percentage of students graduate in four years. If it seems like a low number ask them why the number is what it is. Their answer should give you insight to how motivated other students are, the types of resources available to support student academic success, if students get tons of internships which pushes graduation dates back, if classes are difficult to get into and more.