Planning Your College Career

Having a graduation plan can help you accomplish your goals while at college. This is a semester-by-semester layout of your classes from now until graduation. An effective graduation plan details planned courses for each semester and takes into consideration plans for co-op and/or studying abroad as well as plans for an optimal course load. As you develop your plan, think about the following:

  • Pre-requisites/co-requisites
  • The semester(s) that courses are offered
  • Credits/course load with which you are comfortable
  • Co-op opportunities
  • Study abroad programs
  • Minors or certifications that compliment your major
  • Summer classes
  • Electives (i.e., technical, HASS, free) you plan to take
  • Volunteer and extra-curricular activities

Your graduation plan will help ensure that you are taking what you need to graduate – without last minute surprises. Your plan should be flexible and should be reviewed/updated each semester. Once you have established your plan, you may want to meet with your advisor to go over any questions. To start your own graduation plan, download the spreadsheet found at the Graduation Plan link on: www.geneng.mtu.edu/advising.html.