The Basics: Preparing for Graduation

Your undergraduate degree has the following components:

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1. Completion of the SAS Core Curriculum

2. Completion of a Major

3. Completion of a Minor *

4. Completion of a minimum of 120 degree credits.

5. Meet the minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.000.


*Click here for exceptions to the minor requirement. 

When are you graduating?

You can find your declared year and month at MyGradDateThis 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.

  • Changes can be made directly on the site.
  • Your graduation date should be firmly declared by the end of the semester before you plan to graduate.
  • 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.

Stay in touch: Email

Once you are declared as a senior, we will communicate important information to you by email to your official Rutgers email address. You are responsible for the information that is sent to you, much of which is time-sensitive or has firm deadlines, so please be sure to check your Rutgers email regularly and read messages thoroughly!

  • 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. We are here to partner with you in understanding your degree requirements and creating a degree completion plan that achieves your goals.

  • 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 about your degree completion!  Each person’s path to graduation is unique, and 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, please get it in writing! This is a useful tip beyond graduation as well.

Get the Facts: Degree Navigator

Degree Navigator is a valuable advising tool, but it does not substitute for speaking with an advisor. It is a good starting point to review your record, but you should always meet with an advisor to be sure that you understand how your coursework is fulfilling your requirements.


If you have questions about your requirements and path to Degree completion, we welcome you to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or schedule an appointment with an academic advisor at an SAS Advising Center.

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