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Personal roadmap—year 4

You’re considered a fourth-year student when you have earned 91-120 college credits.

Fourth-year students are beginning the transition from college to life after graduation. You'll need to be prepared to face a challenging job market or the demands of graduate school. You must also be ready to navigate a new road of financial independence. Fourth year is a time for reflection on the meaning of the college experience; integration and closure; and support of your transition to post college life.

Advice

  • Enjoy your last year
  • Meet deadlines for graduate school applications
  • Continue to step outside of your comfort zone
  • Remain open to all career options, then go with your heart
  • Be ready to go your own way

Checklist

Academics 

  • Remain mindful of GPA—do not cave into “senioritis”
  • Maintain strong relationships with faculty
  • Research graduate school—look over requirements and timeline
  • Take a class for fun
  • Be aware of graduation requirements and don't forget to apply for graduation
  • Keep an eye on your college requirements
    • 120 Total Credits (generally 40 courses, assuming courses are 3 credits)
    • 45 credits taken at UMass Dartmouth 
    • At least 30 credits of advanced and specialized courses must be completed at UMass Dartmouth, these courses are numbered 300 or higher
University studies requirements must be met
    • Major requirements met
    • GPA 2.00+ overall and minimum major GPA
    • Credit cannot be awarded twice for passing an identical course twice
    • No College Studies, University Studies, or major requirements can be taken as pass/fail

      For more information please see Academic Catalog sections Academic Regulation and Procedures.  

Advising 

  • Confirm with advisor regarding remaining courses for degree completion

Engagement 

  • Participate in service learning project
  • Remain an active member of a student organization
  • Maintain strong involvement on campus
  • Contact the Alumni office so you can stay connected with your fellow Corsairs after graduation. 

Financial

  • Complete the FAFSA by the March 1 deadline. (You may submit as early as October 1.)
  • Visit the Financial Aid Office to address loan status and repayment methods

Leadership

  • Continue with internship or research opportunities
  • Work with your mentor
  • Meet with Career Development personnel
  • Begin job searches
  • Update your resumé
  • Focus on internships, or volunteer opportunities related to your career interest

Personal growth

  • Redefine relationships with family
  • Prepare for changes with college friends
  • Reflect who you are and who you wish to be
  • Look into ways to better balance your life
  • Reflect on your values and passion
  • Learn about money management—seek workshops on investments

Links to help you on your path to graduation.

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