Finishing college in time?

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  1. Fandango

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    Hi, I was admitted to college during the fall of 2009, I am now figuring out that I will only be able to finish during the summer of 2013. So my main question is, since I am not finishing in the spring of 2013; does that mean I am not graduating on time/ failing/getting held back?

    I know most of my friends did summer classes after high school ended, and I only got accepted during summer. So I'm wondering what constitutes as graduating on time, and where do I stand compared to that.
     
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  2. thejackal

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    as far as I know, nobody has ever been turned down for a job many years down the road because they didn't graduate "on time." If anything, not coming out of school at the same time as 80% of other students can work in your favor. If you know you'll be taking a few months longer to finish school, plan ahead. If you do you'll be just fine (if not better off entirely).
     
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  3. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I think this question will be better served by your counselors.

    But I think you can still walk in June if it's a certainty that you can finish by the end of the summer.

    Like the poster above me said, you won't get knocked for taking a little more time. I took 5 years to finish because I wanted experience from a research lab and take some graduate level courses as an undergrad. Then, I got an offer by the weekend of graduation week.
     
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  4. krz

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    Graduating on time is typically 4 years. But, doing 4 years plus a summer is certainly not considered "getting held back" or "failing." Even 5 years from what I've seen is not uncommon. Like previously stated I'm not aware of anyone that was turned down because they did not graduate in 4 years.

    The negative is paying for another semester. If you want to graduate on time couldn't you just load up on the credits this last semester? I assume you are full time and don't pay per credit so might as well get your moneys worth.
     
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  5. Fandango

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    thing is, there are two courses that I don't have a prerequisite for. Therefore, I am taking those classes now.

    And I feel like im below other people who have graduated in four years time. But my mindset is I am normal if I finish my degree within four years since I am taking the time from fall of 2009 to summer 2013. So technically; right before fall 2013 which would be four years exactly, or am I wrong?
     
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  6. LuckyR

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    The biggest issue with going over 4 years is paying for the extra schooling and missing the traditional Grad school application process season.
     
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  7. Disgruntled Worker

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    Dude, you're getting your degree and increasing your earning power. I'm in the same boat as you and if working all these years in retail has taught me anything, it's that you have PLENTY of time. The economy is still in the toilet and jobs are still scarce. Bottom line: get your degree ASAP; but if you spend an extra semester or two, it's not the end of the world!
     
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