4 to Finish
Cal Lutheran's "4 To Finish" Graduation Guarantee Program is designed to assist students in a timely four-year graduation. Students will not only have an opportunity to enter graduate school or get started in their careers earlier, but keep costs to a minimum, stay on track academically, and achieve their goals!
In order to participate in the California Lutheran University 4 to Finish program students agree to comply with the conditions outlined below. The University makes a commitment that graduation in four years will not be delayed by course availability. Students may cancel the agreement with the University at any time, with no penalty. Cancellation of the agreement is automatic if any of the terms listed below are not met.
Please make sure to schedule time with faculty advisor early to provide enough time to review/approve your academic plan. To make an appointment with a Student Success Counselor, click here.
The following terms and conditions are required:
- Sign the 4 to Finish Agreement by September 30th of your freshman year.
- Declare a major and minor if applicable by the end of the third semester after matriculation. All science majors (except Geology and Environmental Science) and Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (IES) majors must be declared in the first semester. A major and/or minor declared after the third semester requires proof that it is possible to finish the requirements of the major in the remaining semesters. An approval form is available in Academic Services. The guarantee will only cover completion of a single major in a single degree and minor, if applicable.
- Meet with the student’s faculty advisor at least once a semester. As part of that meeting, the student must present an academic plan to the advisor for approval. This plan should cover at least two years or through graduation and should be completed using the academic planning function in Student Planning. The academic plan may be periodically reviewed throughout the year by the designated Student Success Counselor.
- Notify your Student Success Counselor in Academic Services once a year or by the end of the spring semester after your academic plan has been approved by your faculty advisor.
- Register for courses at the assigned time and accept any available section of a required class that can be accommodated within an appropriate schedule required to stay on track for graduation.
- Remain in good academic standing at the University and make sufficient academic progress toward degree completion. Normally, sufficient academic progress includes the completion of at least 31 credits and 25% of all degree requirements each year. Any variation from this standard should be addressed in the approved academic plan.
- Meet with Academic Services as indicated below:
- Freshmen Year: Group Meeting
- Sophomore and Junior Years: As needed if requested by the Student Success Counselor in response to submitted plan.
- Senior Year: Individual Senior Degree Audit Meeting with a Student Success Counselor
- Make timely annual application for all necessary financial assistance and maintain current payment status with their student account to avoid financial holds barring registration.
- Apply to graduate and pay the related fees by the priority deadline: October 1st of the previous year for seniors graduating in May or August; March 1st of the same year for seniors graduating in December.
- Notify the appropriate Student Success Counselor in Academic Services prior to the beginning of classes in any semester if it appears that graduation may be delayed due to course unavailability.
If the student meets all of the conditions of Cal Lutheran’s 4 to Finish program, the university will do the following:
- Cal Lutheran will grant the student in the program registration priority within his or her class level.
- If timely graduation will be delayed due to course unavailability, the University may substitute an alternative course if possible. If substitution is not possible, the University may allow the unavailability of coursework to delay graduation. In that case, the University will waive tuition and any mandatory fees for that course(s) at Cal Lutheran for the student in the next academic year.
The University is under no obligation to provide these adjustments unless the student submits a written request for accommodation to Academic Services prior to the end of the registration period, during the semester in which the course must be taken.
The student must agree to the 4 to Finish program as described above.