'15 to Finish' campaign urges college students to take full course schedule

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  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 23, 2013 8:38 a.m.

    It's painting with a pretty broad brush to say that 15 hours is the right number. A lot of it depends on how rigorous your major is. If you're studying elementary education, 15 is probably doable. Engineering majors may find that 12 hours is more than a full load.

    When I was doing my engineering degree, I struggled through with 12 hours per semester. I saved all my generals until I was a senior...I took 18 hours of generals per semester and got straight A's. Curriculum matters when it comes to what is or isn't a full schedule.

  • podunk utah DRAPER, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    maybe if college wasn't so expensive, kids would take more classes. the way it is going, students won't be able to afford more than three credit hours. Look in the mirror, college administrators and state legislators, you are the problem

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    Oct. 23, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    I would love to do 15 credit hours a semester but there are those of us who work full time to put ourselves through school and it really is not realistic to expect 15 credit hours on top of 40+ hours of work every week. I know it can be done, i have done 14 credit hours and worked full time before, my life was just a living nightmare and my health deteriorated quickly.

  • Thoughts of Home Forest Grove, OR
    Oct. 22, 2013 8:31 p.m.

    Taking 15 credits every semester can be done, but for me, I found taking 12 was more realistic. Why? Because I was working 20 hours every week to put myself through college. Taking more than that generally resulted in poorer grades, much more stress, and during my freshman year, loss of my scholarship due to working and taking so heavy a course load. I realize that tuition is higher and some may not be able to pay for college by working at the same time, but I graduated debt free, took only one or two semesters longer to do so (mostly because I was able to participate in Study Abroad one semester, but as history was my minor, it fit right in), and so I found it much more rewarding and enriching to have had the time to actually study what I'd chosen to study.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    This won’t work.

    Freshmen are limited in what classes they can take and they fill up fast. In addition schools reguire fluff classes that can waist time and money. Also you have those who work and have family. Then there is those who like college life and want to take it slow.

    But the biggest thing is that you see people changing majors 2 or 3 years into school because of program requirements and you realize that it is not what you want.


  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 4:13 p.m.

    This is a great campaign. I think most people are ok with the idea of taxpayers helping to fund higher education. But I'm not interested in subsidizing someone for 7 years while they "find themselves" or "explore who they are" through means that won't be a benefit back to society.

    Get your degree and start paying back the taxpayer.

    I wish a 5th year and any additional years cost more. Tell students that the taxpayer will subsidize their education for the time required to get that education and that's it.