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What is Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students?

CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy was established in order 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 addition, the policy requires that a student must file a Request to Graduate form with Enrollment Services by the time the student has completed 100% of the units required for the declared primary major. Any additional degree objectives (e.g., majors, minors, certificates, etc.) must be completed within the 120% unit limit.

How do I calculate maximum units allowed for Timely Graduation?

CSULB Timely Graduation policy allows students up to 120% of the degree units to complete all degree objectives. To calculate 120% of your degree units, simply take the total units required for your degree and multiply by 120% or 1.2. See examples below:

Degree Units Required 120% of Degree Units
120 units required* 144 units allowed, when necessary
128 units required 154 units allowed, when necessary
132 units required 158 units allowed, when necessary

*The majority of the programs at CSULB, including all BA degrees, require 120 units.

Note: Not all earned units count toward the 120% unit limit, see additional information below.

What units count towards Timely Graduation?

A maximum of 60 transfer units will be counted for the purpose of determining your timely graduation as defined above.

Note: Up to 70 Community College units can still count toward any degree; additional courses can be counted for subject credit if articulated.

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

  • Pre-baccalaureate credit
  • Advanced Placement
  • 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 completed 90 units or more toward an undergraduate degree 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) are not allowed unless the student  submits a plan that demonstrates that all degree objectives can be completed within earning 120% of the units required for the student’s primary major.

Student has completed 100%  or more of the number of units required for the degree in the declared primary major SENIOR PLUS*

The student must have already filed for graduation and must stay on track for completion of degree prior to earning 120% of the units required for the primary major.

Changes to academic objectives (e.g. major, minor) are not allowed unless they can be completed within earning 120% of the units required for the primary major.

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

Student has completed 120%  or more of the number of units required for the degree in the declared primary major 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. If the student has earned any major regardless of whether he or she has declared that major, a degree will be conferred in that major. If the student has not earned a major, enrollment will be restricted to courses required to graduate in the major for which graduation is most likely to occur in a reasonable time.

*Students who have not submitted a Request to Graduate form to the Office of Enrollment Services by the time they have completed 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?

Simply login to MyCSULB, click on Student Center, and choose Academic Requirements from the pull-down menu in the Academics section. The Academic Requirements Report provides a detailed summary of your degree requirements both completed and still unmet. You will also see an ALERT notation indicating your Timely Graduation status. See Tracking Progress to your Degree for more information on how to use this valuable tool.

Can I appeal CSULB’s Timely Graduation policy?

In rare instances students will be granted an extension to their approved graduation date. To qualify for an extension, the student must demonstrate circumstances beyond the student’s control (for example, an unforeseen medical condition) or a significant change in the student’s status (for example, taking an Educational Leave). The student must submit the following to the Office of Enrollment Services:

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

What if my Timely Graduation Appeal is denied?

If your Timely Graduation Appeal is not approved and your plan to graduate exceeds 120% of the number of units required for the degree in their declared primary major, you may be subject to restrictions on enrollment. If you have earned any degree, regardless of whether you have declared that major, your degree may be conferred in that major. If you have not earned a major, enrollment may be restricted to courses required to graduate in the major for which graduation is most likely to occur in a reasonable time.

I have more questions. Who can help me?

You should schedule a meeting with your major academic advisor to review all your options and ensure that your plan to graduate is on target. See Undergraduate Advisors for department contact information.

In addition, you can make an appointment for a Graduation Check-up at the University Center for Undergraduate Advising located in the Horn Center, Room 103. An advisor will help you evaluate how close you are to graduation and guide you through the process.