The Four-Year Pledge is our commitment to facilitating graduation within four years by providing an effective and well coordinated advising program. By offering the Pledge – the first of its kind to be offered by any San Antonio institution – we demonstrate our dedication to providing you with a quality and affordable education. Completely optional, the Pledge is our commitment to keep you on track to graduate in four years. If you fulfill your commitment as outlined in the Pledge, but are unable to complete your degree requirements in four years, St. Mary’s commits to covering the cost of tuition and fees for the additional courses.
The Pledge is one way we reduce the financial burden of college. Extending your studies over five or six years can significantly increase your amount of student debt. And for each semester you remain in school beyond four years, you lose the potential earnings of time in the workforce. We want to help students and their families avoid the costs associated with postponed graduation.
Those students who sign the Pledge agree to follow the eligible major’s degree plan and fulfill the responsibilities outlined in the Four-Year Pledge Agreement.
Students are not required to sign the Pledge and are not required to graduate in four years. Some majors are excluded due to the number of credit hours required for the degree.
St. Mary’s University pledges to provide students who have signed the Pledge up-to-date information so they can monitor their progress. The University will assure that the classes needed to complete the degree requirements are available. If the University is unable to provide the necessary course(s), St. Mary’s will offer reasonable substitutions to keep the student on track for graduation in four years.
List of eligible majors
For the following majors, declare as a pre-business major by the start of the fall semester of your first year:
Entrepreneurial Studies (BBA)
Finance & Risk Management (BBA)
Information Systems Management (BBA)
International Business (BBA)
Declare as one of the following majors by the start of the fall semester of the student’s first-year:
English Language Arts, Reading with Teacher Certification, Grades 8-12 (BA)
Forensic Science Criminology (BA)
History with Teacher Certification (BA)
Interdisciplinary Reading with Teacher Certification Early Childhood to grade 6 (BA)
Spanish with Teacher Certification (BA)
Declare as one of the following majors by the end of the student’s second semester:
Criminal Justice (BA)
Exercise & Sport Science (BA)
International and Global Studies (BA)
Multinational Organization Studies-Portuguese (BA)
Multinational Organization Studies-Spanish (BA)
Political Science (BA)
Declare as one of the following majors by the end of the student’s third semester:
English Communication Arts (BA)
Declare as one of the following majors by the end of the student’s fourth semester:
Communication Studies (BA)
Sociology with Anthropology career option (BA)
Declare as one of the following majors by the start of the fall semester of your first year:
Applied Physics, Computer Science Option (BS)
Applied Physics, Engineering Option (BS)
Chemistry (BS) emphasis Biochemistry
Computer Engineering (BS)
Computer Information Systems (BA)
Computer Science (BS)
Computer Science and Application Systems (BA)
Electrical Engineering (BS)
Engineering Management (BS)
Engineering Science (BS)
Engineering Science concentration Environment Science (BS)
Engineering Science concentration Pre-Med (BS)
Forensic Science-Biology Option (BS)
Forensic Science-Chemistry Option (BS)
Industrial Engineering (BS)
Mathematical Sciences (BS)
Physics with Math Minor (BA)
Physics, Biophysics Option (BS)
Software Engineering (BS)
To remain eligible for the Four-Year Pledge, students must fulfill the following responsibilities. Failure to fulfill these responsibilities will void the Pledge.
Not all students can or should graduate in four years. Some majors are excluded due to the number of credit hours required for the degree. And many students are still asking questions about their careers and other aspirations. Sometimes acquiring the best educational outcome may require that you adjust your plans, change a major or alter the pace at which you proceed to obtain a degree.
The expertise, community and commitment to our students’ success is available to you whether or not you choose to sign the Pledge.