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Four-Year Degree Guarantee

We promise that if you do your part at PSU, you’ll get the support and courses necessary to graduate in four years.

How it works

Before entering PSU as a freshman, you sign the four-year degree agreement (PDF).

Then you’ll register for classes, meet with your advisor, and review the degree map for your major.  

If you meet all the requirements of the agreement but aren’t able to graduate on time due to course availability, PSU will not charge you any tuition for the rest of the classes you need. You only pay for four years.

Read more about how the four-year degree guarantee works. 


Four-year guarantee in the College of the Arts

Some arts majors have special requirements. Participation in the Four-Year Degree Guarantee program does not guarantee that you’ll be admitted to a major. 

Music majors

Music majors must complete an entrance audition and a secondary application be admitted to the School of Music. Learn more about how to apply to the School of Music. [link]

Architecture and Graphic Design majors

Students in the Architecture and Graphic Design programs must pass a portfolio review before their junior year in order to advance into upper-division classes. 

BFA in Studio Art

Students working toward the BFA in Studio art must pass a review before their senior year. 


Getting Started

  1. Read and sign the sign the four-year degree agreement (PDF)
  2. Attend orientation. This is where you’ll register for fall term. You must attend new student orientation before the fall term. We strongly encourage you to attend the earliest session possible.
  3.  Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor. The College of the Arts advisor for the program is Abel de la Cruz You must meet with your advisor to plan your schedule. Book an appointment

Registering for Classes

As a Four-year Degree Guarantee participant, you must register within one day of your priority registration date

Questions? Email Abel de la Cruz, College of the Arts advisor, at