Jul. 11, 2014
Active, hands-on learning through internships, travel, field work, and research is the DNA of the BVU experience. So how do students get the most out of their college years and still graduate on time?
"We spend an incredible amount of energy to try to make that possible," says Dr. Peter Steinfeld, professor of philosophy and religion and associate dean of faculty at BVU. "One of our biggest goals is to ensure that students can graduate in four years."
An estimated 80 percent of BVU's Storm Lake campus graduates earn their degree in four years or less, according to a 2004-07 university analysis. And having a double major is doable: 81 percent of BVU students who graduated with more than one major or at least one minor did so in four years or less.
"Students who are taking ownership of their academic life and who are intentional should graduate in four or fewer years, and can do so with a greater academic portfolio than they realize coming in," says Mike Frantz, vice president for enrollment management at BVU.
Frantz says that most BVU students enter college with some academic credit, which they can parlay into early graduation or additional majors and minors. "It is not uncommon. I even know some students who are triple-majoring," he says.