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My Academic Life at SCU

Meet with you academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss your academic plan and check-in with him/her about this plan regularly.

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SCU grants students a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.   Normal time for an undergraduate degree is four years.  Degree-seeking students take courses required for a major course of study and all Core education requirements and have a minimum of units.

Here is a typical structure:

1 class = 3 contact hours per week = 4 or 5 units

1 quarter = 15-16 units

1 year = 3 quarters = 45-48 units

4 years = 180-192 units

Undergraduate international students are required by the University and US Federal Law to enroll in a minimum of 12 units each term.  See “Maintaining Status”  link here

Refer to the Undergraduate Bulletin with questions:  Do not rely on information from other students to understand University policy.


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  • Fredrik Blomqvist

    Fredrik Blomqvist

    "Getting an education is something that comes naturally here, so it’s not something that I have to focus on.  Obviously, I will do my homework, take the tests, and so on, but I think it is important to get the full experience – being in a different country and all that."

  • Annie Brown

    Annie Brown

    "I’m hoping to get involved in the Dance department a little bit more along with bioengineering.  I started taking Ballet 2 this quarter.  I’ve danced my whole life and I was missing it, and I did the informal performance yesterday, so hopefully I can get more in their performances next quarter – audition for that."