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UH encourages students to take 15 credits to graduate in 4 years


The University of Hawaii System encourages full-time students at any of its two- or four-year campuses to take 15 credits per semester to graduate on time.

Research has found that students who take at least 15 credits per semester have higher rates of timely graduation than students who take fewer classes.

Those students are also more successful in their academic careers, with higher grade-point averages.

“A student who takes only 12 credits per semester at a UH campus is technically a ‘full-time’ student,” said Linda Johnsrud, UH executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “That student, however, will not earn a two-year degree in two years or a four-year degree in four years. Plus the four-year degree may cost as much as $12,000 more because the student isn’t taking advantage of the tuition cap.”

Through the Hawaii Graduation Initiative, UH hopes to encourage students to graduate on time, save tuition money, and start their careers as quickly as possible simply by registering for more credits per semester.

Many UH System students have or will be receiving information on the benefits of enrolling in more classes as part of their registration or new-student orientation materials.

UH students are able to add classes right up until the first day of classes Aug. 20.

The benefits of a college education are clear. According to data from the 1992-2011 Current Population Survey of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics & Census Bureau, total personal income increases greatly with higher levels of education.

In fact, total personal income of an individual with a bachelor’s degree averages just over $52,000 – nearly $20,000 more than someone with only some college experience.

Yet too many of our youth do not graduate on time. The non-profit Complete College America found that of Hawaii students who enroll at a four-year campus, less than 16 percent will graduate on time and only 56 percent will graduate within eight years.

“We do not want students in Hawaii to follow a path through college that leads to debt, but no degree. We want our students to earn the credentials they need to pursue their goals,” Johnsrud said.

Established in 1907 and fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the University of Hawaii is the state’s sole public system of higher education.

The UH System provides an array of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and community programs on 10 campuses and thorough educational, training, and research centers across the state.

UH enrolls more than 60,000 students from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and around the world.

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