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Top 10 Ways to Graduate Sooner

10. Make a plan to stay on track.

Get a degree sheet from your college advisor and make a plan. Use the Academic Planners in your Graduation Planner to map out your academic career. Check out degree requirements and suggested semester plans of study at Using Degree Navigator can help you keep track of your degree requirements and stay on track to GRADUATE SOONER!

Sophomore status = 30 credit hours
Junior status = 60 credit hours
Senior status = 90 credit hours
Graduation = 120-155 credit hours
You must take a minimum of 30 credit hours per year to remain on track to graduation.

9. You’ve got mail.

Carefully read and keep the correspondence you receive from the University of Oklahoma. Important information will be sent to your OU e-mail account as well as your campus address. If you wish to use a personal e-mail account instead, forward your OU e-mail to that account. Update or forward your e-mail account:

8. Keep it going.

It is often beneficial to complete your math requirements early in your academic career instead of waiting until the end of your degree plan.

7. You can do it.

Carry 15 to 18 credits each semester. Twelve credits are necessary for full-time financial aid and scholarship eligibility, but you must take a minimum of 30 credit hours per year to stay on track for graduation in most degree plans. So, Think 15 as you enroll each semester! Consider intersession and summer credits as well.

6. Ask questions.

If you are unsure of procedures or have a question, don’t hesitate to ask a faculty or staff member.

5. Monitor classes closely.

Keep a daily planner to organize project due dates and tests as well as enrollment and withdrawal deadlines. It is important to monitor how you are doing in each of your courses. If you are having a problem that is interfering with your ability to study, see your advisor. It may be helpful to keep a grade sheet to track completion of assignments and grades received.

4. Knowledge is power...

Meet all of your professors and teaching assistants early in the semester. Make sure you understand and meet assignment deadlines, expectations concerning absences, tardiness, and forms of academic misconduct(plagiarism, working together, etc.). The same forms of cheating that weren’t a big deal in high school can result in an F, suspension, and a transcript notation of the incident at college. For more information, check out the student Honor Council Web page.

3. Get a life: balance school, work and play.

Most college courses require considerably more time and effort than high school courses. You may need a semester or two to get used to it. Get involved in co-curricular activities, but don’t overload yourself. If possible, work only 10-15 hours per week.

2. Study.

On average, you should expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying for each credit hour you are taking. For 15 credit hours,expect to spend 30 - 45 hours studying outside of class. Review your notes after class, form a study group, get help from your professor if you don’t understand something, take advantage of the many tutoring opportunities and attend study sessions.

1. Go to class!