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What is Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students?

CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy was established to provide access to the University’s undergraduate major and minor programs for as many qualified students as possible and to ensure timely graduation for current students. Under this policy, students may earn up to 120% of the number of units required for the degree in their declared primary major in order to complete the degree. The policy does not entitle students to the addition of academic objectives simply because the objectives can be completed within 120% of the number of units required for the degree.

In addition, the policy requires that a student must file a Request to Graduate with Enrollment Services by the time the student has completed 100% of the units required for the declared primary major.

Do all units count towards Timely Graduation?

The majority of undergraduate programs at CSULB require 120 units, which means the 120% limit equates to 144 Timely Graduation units.

For the benefit of transfer students, a maximum of 60 transfer units will be counted when determining Timely Graduation status. Up to 70 community college units will still count toward the unit requirement for the degree, and additional transfer course work may be used to fulfill subject credit requirements, assuming the course work is articulated.

The following types of earned units are excluded when determining Timely Graduation status:

  • Pre-baccalaureate credit
  • Advanced Placement credit
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) credit
  • Other external exams
  • Military credit
  • Credit by examination

What is the impact of my Timely Graduation status?

UNITS TIMELY GRADUATION STATUS ACTION
Student has earned 90 or more Timely Graduation units SENIOR

The student should develop a plan to graduate with his/her academic advisor and file to graduate.

Changes to academic objectives (e.g. major, minor) may not be allowed.

Once a graduation date is established, extension is by appeal only and enrollment may be restricted to courses required for the degree.

Student has earned 100% or more of the allowed number of Timely Graduation units SENIOR PLUS*

The student must have already filed for graduation and must stay on track.

Changes to academic objectives (e.g. major, minor) are not allowed unless they reduce the time to graduation.

Once a graduation date is established, extension is by appeal only and enrollment may be restricted to courses required for the degree.

Student has earned 120% or more of the allowed number of Timely Graduation units SUPER SENIOR*

The student must have filed for graduation and must stay on track for completion of the degree.

Changes to academic objectives (e.g. major, minor) are not allowed unless they will reduce the time to graduation. Extension of the graduation date is by appeal only and may be restricted to courses required for the degree. If the student has completed any degree, regardless of whether he or she has declared that major, a degree may be conferred in that major. If the student has not completed a degree, enrollment will be restricted to courses required to graduate in the major requiring the least amount of time.

*Students who have not submitted a Request to Graduate form to the Office of Enrollment Services by the time they have earned 100% of the units required for their degree will have an Enrollment – Timely Graduation hold placed on their record which will restrict registration activities.

How do I know if I am on track for graduation?

  1. Login to MyCSULB, click on Student Center, and use the Degree Planner to map your enrollment in remaining course requirements. Features of the Degree Planner are explored in these video tutorials.
  2. Next, choose Academic Requirements from the pull-down menu in your Student Center. The Academic Requirements Report (ARR) will provide a detailed summary of your degree requirements, both completed and still unmet. You will also see an ALERT notation indicating your Timely Graduation status. Visit Tracking Progress to your Degree for more information about using the ARR.
  3. Ensure that all unmet requirements noted on the ARR are addressed in your Degree Planner.
  4. Consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Can I appeal CSULB’s Timely Graduation policy?

If you find it necessary to extend your graduation date in order to complete your degree, a Timely Graduation Appeal will be required. Your appeal must include the following:

*This form must include your major advisor’s support in order for the appeal to be considered by the Academic Appeals Committee.

I have more questions. Who can help me?

If you’ve already applied to graduate, visit your Graduation Evaluator in Enrollment Services (562 985-5471, Brotman Hall 101).

You may also wish to schedule a meeting with your major academic advisor to ensure your plan to graduate is on target – go to your Student Center in MyCSULB and click on Advisor in the lower right hand corner.