4 Year Graduation Guarantee

Updated: 03/07/2013 9:14 PM KSTP.com By: Jessica Miles

It's a four year guarantee to graduate from college, so why aren't more students taking advantage of it?

The University of Minnesota has had the program in place since 1996.

Back then the four year graduation rate was 26%, today its 58%.

But the university says advisors do such a good job with students, many are graduating in four years with just their help, and not signing up for the program.

"Four year graduation is one of our major priorities and we're going to do whatever we can to get students through in a timely way, " says Robert McMaster, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota.

McMaster says 6318 of the university's 30,500 students are signed up for the program this year.

There are certain criteria they have to follow, like taking a minimum of 15 credits a semester, enrolling as a freshman and picking a major and sticking with it.

If for some reason a student can't graduate in 4 years because a class in unavailable, the university will waive the requirement, substitute another course, or pay the tuition later on.