There are several steps to follow to stay on track to ensure you graduate from Auburn in four years.

Choose the major that is right for you. Consult with the AU Career Center in Mary Martin Hall if you have questions. They are experts at helping students identify their skills and strengths and in helping you match your interests to majors and career paths. The sooner you identify the right major for you, the more likely you will be able to finish on time.


Go to class, keep up with all reading and written assignments, and seek out help whenever you have a question. Introduce yourself to all your instructors early in the semester, so you will feel comfortable if you need to ask for assistance later in the term. Your professors want you to succeed, so take advantage of their office hours. Don't be reluctant to go to tutoring — either at the Learning Commons in RBD Library, or at other tutoring locations around campus.


Meet with your academic advisor every semester before you register for the next term's classes and follow your advisor's advice. Your advisor will not choose your classes for you, but he or she will help you review your curricular plan and advise you on the best options for you.


Know and try to follow your major's curriculum model. The Auburn University Bulletin lists a semester-by-semester course plan for each undergraduate major. Taking the courses on your plan in the order they are listed will help make sure that you have met all the prerequisites you will need for advanced classes.


Check your Degreeworks degree audit at least once a term. It will provide you with a checklist of all the course requirements you still have to complete to earn your degree.


If you get off track, or know that you might want to take advantage of a study abroad program or internship that might interfere with following your curriculum model, plan to take courses during the summer or look into online learning courses that you could complete while off campus. Always be sure that you confirm with your advisor that a course you wish to take at another institution over the summer will count toward your Auburn degree requirements. Of course, credits you earned while in high school (either through AP/IB or dual enrollment) may count toward your Auburn degree requirements as well.


Be sure you meet with your academic advisor once you have completed 90 hours for a thorough check of your academic record to make sure that you are on track to complete all your graduation requirements on time.

There might be times when finishing in four isn't right for every student. Some students may need to take a lighter course load because of financial, family obligations, or other reasons. Some students may need to sit out for a semester or a year. What's most important is earning your degree.

Completing a degree in four years saves time and money. It also doesn't happen by accident. Advisors can help you plan, prepare, and make decisions about academics. Your advisor connects you to the many resources on campus to help you succeed and assists you in finding opportunities and avoiding pitfalls along the way. Working consistently with your advisor throughout your college career is an essential part of your four-year graduation plan.

- Beth Yarbrough, PhD, Director of Student Services, College of Sciences and Mathematics

Completing a college degree in four years not only saves money, it also allows students to enter the job market or a graduate program sooner. Staying within the four-year plan of study also offers students educational enrichment opportunities and the ability to gain valuable experience through Auburn Abroad, internships, and research. Academic advisors eagerly assist students with their “finish in four” goals, by providing one-on-one guidance and encouragement. Students and advisors work collaboratively to create a plan that is functional and specific to the student's needs. Academic advisors are committed to each student in helping them become successful Auburn University men and women.

- Melissa Adams, MEd, Academic Advisor, College of Liberal Arts