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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Confirm with advisor regarding remaining courses for degree completion.
- 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.
- Complete the FAFSA by the March 1 deadline if you are applying to graduate school. (You may submit as early as October 1.)
- Visit the Financial Aid Office to address loan status and repayment methods.
- Check your school bill and make arrangements for payment or ensure loan funding is in place.
- Visit the National Student Loan Database to review you loan amounts, servicer information, and status of loans.
- 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.
- 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.