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Finish in Four Initiative

This program delineates the academic services and resources that UB will commit to ensure students can graduate in 4 years if they fulfill their pledge to adhere to the 4 year Graduation Plan developed with academic advisment within their major

President Tripathi has challenged the campus to meet the needs of our undergraduates with initiatives to enhance their educational experience and decrease student’s time to degree.  To meet this imperative, the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (VPUE) has developed Finish in Four, a program for all entering freshmen in the class of 2016.  This program delineates the academic services and resources that UB will commit to ensure students can graduate in 4 years if they fulfill their pledge to adhere to the 4 year Graduation Plan developed with their majors academic advising.

Finish in Four will provide students with clear information and guidance on exactly what it takes to complete their degree within the traditional four-year timeframe.  Critical as well, UB is committed to offering required courses to students in the term designated in the plan they developed with their advisors.  If a seat in a required class is unavailable, the university will provide the student with assistance to register in the required class, or find alternates. UB students who sign the Finish in Four pledge will be given a roadmap of what courses to take and when, and what grades and other requirements must be met. UB will also provide regular academic, career and financial advisement to enable students to complete their degrees on time.

In turn, students must fulfill their requirements pertaining to academic advisement, course registration and grades.  Regular and clear progress reports will be provided to students showing whether they are on track to graduate. 

Students who fulfill all obligations of the Finish in Four plan, but who are not able to graduate within four years, will be given the opportunity to complete the UB courses required for their degree free of any tuition or comprehensive fee charges.

If students are unable to adhere to their Finish in Four requirements, UB will continue to work with them to develop an appropriate plan of study and assist them in their efforts to graduate.

UB’s new Finish in Four initiative also aligns well with SUNY Chancellor Zimpher’s call for improving graduation rates across the System and President Obama’s imperative to control the cost of a college degree.