Maybe I Should Graduate?

Update: I misread one of the requirements for the Computer Engineering degree. I actually need two advanced elective ECE courses, instead of 1 CS. [/Update]

I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to hang around here for a full 4 years or not…

I ran my DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report today to see what’s left for next year. Answer: 3 courses.

I can graduate if I take (Updated):

  • Engineering Professional Development 397: Technical Communication
  • Computer Science 577: Introduction to Algorithms OR Computer Science 520: Intro – Theoretical Computer Science
  • Any one additional Computer Science course numbered over 400.
  • Any two additional Electrical and Computer Engineering courses numbered over 400.

That’s it. I could sleep from now until December 2007 and still graduate. Maybe I should have taken 17 credit semesters and graduated this year?

Now I have to decide what to do: I can easily graduate in December, or I could take a lot of courses that I’m interested in and stick around until May 2008. Any advice?

3 thoughts on “Maybe I Should Graduate?

  1. Brandon

    Be Careful. The UW System has a rule that once you reach a certain credit limit, you have to start paying double tuition. This keeps people from staying around any longer than they should. Personally, I would graduate in December and look for a job or internship for spring semester. But that’s me, and maybe my senioritis talking. 😛

  2. Colin M

    I looked up that rule this morning, but I think I’ll be OK. The rule is, once you reach 165 credits, you are assessed a tuition surcharge of 100% of the in-state rate. (aka, your tuition doubles.)

    I have 133 credits right now, with 14 more this semester giving me 147 at the end of this school year. BUT, 58 of those are from advanced placement and retrocredit, and three more don’t count toward the limit because I retook a class that I had gotten AP credit for, so as far as the 165-credit rule is concerned, I actually only have 72.

    Whew… when I looked that up after Brandon’s comment, I was a bit nervous, as I would run over the 165 if I stayed through May 2008.

    Maybe this would be a good time to figure out who my academic adviser is… Anybody ever talk to theirs?

  3. Jon

    I talked to mine a few times. They can be a bit helpful.

    As far as graduating vs not it’s really up to what you want to be doing. If you enjoy school and would like to take a few more classes go for it, though graduate school might also be an excellent option if you want more schooling.

    If you’re tired of school, or another semester would put some amount of financial burden on you then graduating earlier may be a plus. Honestly whatever you choose it really won’t make that much of a difference.


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