Portland State University offers 'guarantee' students can graduate in 4 years, with caveats

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Trying to position itself as affordable in an era of rising student debt, Portland State University on Tuesday unveiled a guarantee that students who are extremely on the ball will be able to graduate in four years -- or get any fifth-year classes for free.

Participating students "will have the sources and the advising they need to graduate in four years," President Wim Wiewel said.

But the pledge comes with plenty of caveats. Students have to declare a major at the start of freshman year, pass a full load of 45 credits every year, earn decent grades and generally refrain from changing majors, adding minors and switching campuses.

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