Graduation Commitment

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides the support you need to complete your undergraduate education in four years. We fulfill our mission when you graduate in a timely manner prepared for your life after graduation.

Our graduation commitment ensures that:

  • you will have a plan to graduate in a timely manner.
  • you will have an advisor to work with you on following your plan.

To receive the graduation commitment, Nebraska Wesleyan requires that you:

  • maintain continuous enrollment at NWU or an officially approved study away program for eight consecutive semesters with a minimum of 16 credits a semester;
  • remain in good academic standing and good disciplinary standing throughout your time at NWU;
  • complete all required modern language and math courses by the beginning of the third year, unless you are a modern language or math major;
  • complete the senior capstone by the end of the fourth year;
  • declare a major* by the start of the 4th semester of attendance at NWU (a change of major after this time will negate the four-year commitment;
  • settle all account holds before registration each semester (business office, student health, library, etc.);
  • meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester to outline and follow up on your on-time graduation plan, and register for classes as soon as possible each semester;
  • enroll in and complete the classes upon which you and your academic advisor agree, remembering that specific sections are not guaranteed (meaning you may need to take a class at a time that is not your first choice);
  • commit to passing each class you take at the level required in your chosen academic program; and
  • secure approval of specific courses to count towards graduation before beginning any study away program. If there is a change of plan at the institution abroad, you must contact the Director of Global Engagement and your academic advisor within one week of discovering the revision in course offerings. If approved courses are unavailable, this will negate the four-year commitment.

Our commitment:

If a student satisfies all of the conditions under this commitment yet is not able to graduate within four years, the student may take up to 16 credits required for graduation, free of tuition, within one year of the originally projected graduation date.

* For most of our programs, we consider graduation in four years to be “on time.” Programs excluded from this commitment are majors in the adult undergraduate program; self-designed (Integrative Studies) majors; any major that does not count as the primary major, like secondary education; programs that require completion at another institution, such as engineering; multiple majors; majors with required supporting programs; majors that require more than 56 credit hours; requirements for minors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required for graduation?
In order to graduate from NWU, a student will

  • earn at least 126 credits, with a minimum of 18 credits at the upper level;
  • earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA;
  • complete the Archway curriculum; and
  • complete all requirements for one academic major.

How does a student sign up for the NWU Graduation Commitment?
There is no need for a student to sign up for the Graduation Commitment. All students enrolling Fall 2013 or thereafter in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible.

[Approved by Administrative Council 10/10/2018]

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