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Degree Completion Policy

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In accordance with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Policy on Degree and Curricular Requirements (III-7.00) and the USM Policy on Standard Credit Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs (III-8.02) and The College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013 (Senate Bill 740), UMBC’s Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree Completion Policy articulates the standards and requirements for the conferral of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree with the goal of degree completion within four years.

To this end, undergraduate students are expected to make consistent academic progress and complete the requirements of a baccalaureate degree within four years. In pursuit of a four-year degree, it is recognized that students may encounter academic or institutional challenges that may adversely impact persistence, progression and timely completion of degree. In such circumstances, Academic Advocates are prepared to provide students with personalized support to break down any barriers and minimize delays toward successful degree completion.

Should an undergraduate, admitted as a first-time, full-time, degree seeking student, find himself or herself in a position in which an interruption is necessary (i.e., class absence, course/term withdrawal, or break in enrollment) they should promptly review the information provided below and consult with an Academic Advocate. Such interruptions should only be considered by a student in exceptional circumstances to avoid delays in degree completion. Students should consider such interruptions carefully, as they may have academic and/or financial implications.

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