General Contact Information
Office of the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010-5585
135 East 22nd Street, 7th Floor
Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
This email is being sent to all members of the Baruch College faculty.
For an archive of announcements sent from the Associate Provost beginning June 2011, click here.
Help Your Students Chart Their Course to On-time Graduation
As we enter the Fall 2018 registration period, I write to share information and resources to help students chart their course to on-time graduation.
Full-time versus On-time
Most majors require at least 120 credits to graduate; in the Zicklin School of Business, the BBA degree requires at least 124 credits. To maintain full-time status, students should enroll in 12 credits per semester or 24 credits per year. To graduate in four years, however, students should plan to take 30 credits or more per academic year. Everyone’s graduation numbers will be different, depending on whether they take summer or winter classes.
Full-time, in-state students pay the same amount for 15 (or even 18) credits per semester as they do for 12. By taking 15 credits per semester starting in their freshman year, students save more than $6,000 in tuition over the course of four years, let alone additional expenses for housing and transportation.
Maximize Financial Aid
New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship offers a tuition-free college education to those who qualify and are determined to graduate on time. If students plan to apply for or maintain the Excelsior Scholarship, they must take 30 degree-applicable credits per academic year. Enrolling in 15 credits per semester also maximizes students’ New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award. Eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship and TAP are limited to eight semesters. Students who take longer than four years to graduate may run out of financial aid and have to pay out of pocket.
Enjoy the ROI!
Knowing their graduation numbers, students can reduce or eliminate their debt burden by qualifying for the Excelsior Scholarship or earning 3-6 credits free per semester by taking at least 15 credits. They will also start their career ahead of their peers and begin earning an income that can lead to financial security. College graduates earn on average $23,000 more per year than those without a college degree. Meanwhile, an extra year of college can cost about $17,000 in tuition, fees, supplies, and transportation as well as an average of $147,000 in lost wages and retirement savings over the course of a lifetime.
Resources for Students
The Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation has developed four-year degree maps for all undergraduate majors. These maps are designed mostly for typical first-semester freshmen, but are a useful tool for students as they plan out their degree path.
All students should access their DegreeWorks, an online degree audit tool, to ensure that they are on the right academic track to graduate in an efficient and timely manner.
Students who may not be on track to graduate in four years can catch up or finish their degree faster with more than 400 Summer Session course options.
The Office of Undergraduate Advisement and Orientation
Located in NVC Room 5-215, academic advisors can discuss course options and important school policies with students.
These and similar messages will be shared across campus as we embark on a credit accumulation campaign aimed at increasing the numbers of students who earn 30 or more credits per academic year. I thank you for your partnership in helping reach this important goal.
Mary E. GormanVice President, Enrollment Management and Strategic Academic Initiatives