Choose a major early
The longer you are undecided the more it will cost. By taking general courses, you run the risk of wasting time and money. Every major has its own course requirements. Talk with your advisor about your options and choose a major as soon as possible.
Meet with an advisor regularly
Stay on track with courses by meeting with an advisor every semester.
Develop a plan and stick to it
An advisor can help set up a four-year plan with the right classes for an on-time graduation.
Attend classes and meet academic GPA requirements
Attend classes regularly and maintain satisfactory academic progress. To continue receiving the APS you must complete 24 credits and maintain a 2.0 GPA during the first year, and 30 credits with a 2.5 GPA for all remaining years.
Take at least 30 credits a year
Although APS requirements allow you to take 24 credits the first year, for an on-time graduation, complete 30. Generally, a bachelor's degree is 120 credits, which, spread evenly across four years (eight semesters) is 15 credits a semester.
It is also important to meet friends and get involved. College can be fun and enjoyable and you should make the most of these years. Studies have shown that you are more likely to graduate when surrounded by people who are going through similar situations and struggles. Build a support system and have fun doing it.