Office of Academic Services

The Basics: What Every Senior Must Know and Do to Graduate

When are you graduating?

  • This is what prompts your record to be included in the senior database. Your review for graduation is determined by the year and month you have declared and must be updated as necessary.
  • You can find your declared year and month here.
  • You will be asked to verify the declared graduation date on your record in the fall and spring semesters. If it is not accurate, you must change it.
  • Your graduation date should be firmly declared by the end of the semester before you plan to graduate.

Stay in touch: Email

  • Once you are declared as a senior, we will communicate important information to you by email. You are responsible for the information that is sent to you, whether or not you actually receive it or read it.
  • Individual notification of graduation problems is sent to your RU email account. It is important that you check your email regularly, as some matters must be resolved by non-negotiable deadlines. Information of a general nature, such as reminders of policies and deadlines, can be found on the SAS website.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your account free of spam so that you do not go over your quota and miss important information. (See for more information.)
  • Make sure that your spam filter allows email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If you have a quick question or something unique about your status that you think we need to know, feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Get the Facts: Senior Sakai

  • All students with a declared senior year graduation date are automatically subscribed to the Senior Sakai site. Adjust your Sakai preferences to include this site as an easily accessible tab on your Sakai home page.
  • Announcements will be posted here with important information, policies, and procedures for seniors. Emails are sent to notify members when announcements are posted.
  • You will also find useful information, resources, and links to help you navigate the transition from undergraduate life to graduate school, employment, and "the real world."

Get the Facts: Advising

  • Nothing is more upsetting than expecting to graduate only to discover a month before graduation that you misinterpreted or overlooked a requirement or miscounted your credits.
  • Effective advising comes only from those authorized to give you information. 
  • You should seek information about progress toward completing majors and minors only from the academic departments.  Don’t rely on just reading the website; this is your graduation and you need to make sure nothing has been left to chance!
  • You should seek information about general education requirements and academic policies only from the SAS Advising Centers.
  • You should NEVER rely on your fellow students for information!  There are so many different sets of requirements and "grandfathered" policies dependent upon date and type of admission and date of major/minor declaration that what might be correct for one student is not accurate for another.
  • If you are inquiring about something that is not routine, e.g., applying a transfer course toward a requirement or getting a waiver or course substitution, know the name of the person who provides the information and get it in writing!

Get the Facts: Degree Navigator

  • Degree Navigator is a valuable advising tool, but it is not the basis for your certification and does not substitute for speaking with an adviser. It is a good starting point to review your record with an adviser, but sometimes DN does not account for transfer courses, courses taken at Rutgers-Newark or Camden, and courses approved by exception. Ask an adviser to program any course exceptions in your DN record.
  • Most of the time the discrepancies in DN are false negatives, that is, DN doesn’t recognize something that will satisfy a requirement. However, sometimes DN records false positives, which may lead you to believe a requirement is finished when in actuality it is not.
  • Degree Navigator does not track total degree credits.

Degree Requirements

  • Specific degree requirements can be found on the Requirements page. SAS students will be following either the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements or the SAS Core Curriculum.
  • There is a very small number of students still following the degree requirements of one of the legacy liberal arts colleges. Please see an SAS academic adviser if you have questions about these requirements.


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