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The Four-Year Graduation Guarantee

What is the Four-Year Guarantee?

We guarantee graduation in four years for students who meet the conditions that we have in place to foster success. If a student meets all of the requirements and does not graduate in four years, we will pay for the remaining credits needed to complete the degree, up to 16 credits in one year. This program demonstrates the College’s commitment to mobilizing our student-support areas to ensure that each student at Etown will be given the resources needed to ensure four-year graduation success.

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Requirements for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee


Meet with an academic advisor at least once every semester and follow advice on scheduling courses.


Stay continuously enrolled (study abroad with an Etown-approved program counts as continuously enrolled).


Complete 32 or more credits each year (this can include summer and winter terms).


Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA overall and the minimum GPA required for their major.

Please Note: To be eligible for the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, individuals must be incoming first-year students. We are unable to offer this guarantee to incoming transfer students.

Graduate Outcomes

Our four-year graduation rate already exceeds the national average for all schools and four-year private colleges and universities. Graduating in four years keeps your costs down and allows you to enter the job market sooner.

If you meet the requirements and don’t graduate in four years, we will pay for the remaining credits—up to 16 in one year—needed to complete your degree.

Statistics & Outcomes


of graduates had at least one faculty member who made them excited about learning.


of graduates report their professors cared about them as a person.


of graduates were very satisfied or satisfied with their first major.


of graduates said their first major was very or moderately rigorous.


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