- Complete at least 20 credits in the first year.
Students that take at least 20 credits in the first year are more likely to meet their educational goals because it shows that they are serious and helps them start gaining momentum
- Take summer classes.
Students who make use of the summer term are more likely to meet their educational goals because they do not lose momentum over the summer break. This is especially important for students whose skills are not quite as strong as others.
- Continually raise GPA.
Students that do not do well the first year can gain momentum by staying in school and raising their GPA with each semester. Taking fewer classes or less intense can help you
- Stay enrolled continuously.
Students that stay in school without taking a semester or a year off are more likely to meet their educational goals. Students that drop out with in their first year disrupt their momentum and are unlikely to succeed academically.
- Don't "swirl."
Some students move from institution to institution every year. This is known as "swirling". Starting in one school at transferring may occur, but students that "swirl" with experience negative consequences in their academics.
- Limit part-time enrollment.
Students that enter on a part time basis are less likely to transfer or complete their bachelor's degree. If being enrolled full time is not an option, it is important that a student stay in school continuously, including summer session.
- Avoid withdrawing or repeating courses.
Withdrawing and retaking classes repeatedly decreases the chances a student will complete their bachelor's degree. Some schools make it easy to withdraw or repeat courses, but that does not mean it is a good choice.
- Transfer as a junior.
Students that stay at a community college longer before transferring are more likely to achieve their educational goals. Some four year institutions require community college students complete all or most of their lower level classes before admission.