Take 15

Why Take 15?

Save money.

  • Every year of college is expensive. Tuition, books, supplies, MetroCards…it all adds up. An additional year of college can cost up to $40,000 in extra tuition, living expenses, lost wages, and other costs. You may run out of financial aid if you are in college too long.
  • Take a class for free! If you’re a full-time, in-state student, taking 15 or even 18 credits costs the same as taking 12. That means you’ll be sitting in one of your classes for free.

Have more options.

  • What are your dreams? By completing your degree sooner, you’ll have more choices. Start working, and earn an average of $20,000 more per year than someone without a degree. Or start graduate school. Or even have time to travel or volunteer. More is possible when you Take 15.
  • If you can’t take 15 credits one semester, make up for it in the next one or take advantage of Hunter’s summer and winter sessions. Just get to 30 each year and you’ll be on track.

Make it work for you

15 and 30 are the magic numbers.

  • If you can’t take 15 credits one semester, make up for it in the next one or take advantage of Hunter’s summer and winter sessions. Just get to 30 each year and you’ll be on track.
  • Use the graduation date calculator to see how to get to your goal.

Everyone’s 120 is different. Know yours.

  • You need 120 credits to wear that cap and gown. Learn your requirements and make a plan with your advisors. You don’t have to do things alone.
  • Take your core classes as soon as possible. Like math, for instance, before you forget what you learned in high school. Make sure you know the requirements and finish them.
  • Use DegreeWorks to track your progress.
  • Use your professors and the learning centers to support you to successfully complete your classes.

Ask for help. See an advisor.

  • Meet with an academic advisor to map out your overall plan. Mix your core, major, and elective courses with classes that interest you and get you to graduation.
  • Look around. You’re surrounded by people and resources to help you succeed. Talk to your professors and peer advisors.