Educational and Career Planning

Creating an Educational Plan

  • Each of these steps, gathering information, drafting a plan to graduation and working on the development of your plan over time with your advisor, are all equally important parts of an essential process for achieving your goals at Seattle University and beyond.

    Gather the information you need

    The Academic Catalog lists requirements for graduation, and the official descriptions and prerequisites for the courses required by your major, school or college, and university core.
    Typical Programs of Study present a broad overview on when and how to complete degree requirements. These include suggested courses of study for four year and two year (Junior transfer) degree completion timelines.
    Two Year Projected Course Schedules include tentative department/program course offerings projected for the coming two academic years. These schedules are subject to change and are included here for planning purposes only. Check SU Online for current quarterly schedules.
    Your Program Evaluation on SU Online is a real-time report showing the course requirements for your degree program that you have fulfilled and the course requirements that remain.

    Draft your plan

    You can use either of these Academic Planning Grids to draft your quarterly courses to graduation: the printable version or the Excel version. Open and save the Excel document on your computer desktop before using. 

    For more detailed directions use the For Freshman: How to Complete Your Education Plan, or For Transfers: How to Complete Your Educational Plan. 

    If you are currently exploring majors  Experiment with the planning grid to try out a few 4 year plans. Explore and gather information on these pages; these resources will be important to you in your ongoing planning. 

    Revisit, Revise and Refine

    You educational plan is a work in progress - undergoing revision and expansion as you identify and refine your goals. Your advisor is your best source of support at every stage of planning. She/he can verify the accuracy of your plan, advise you on making changes, and help you pursue your plans to complete an additional major, minor, internship, study abroad, etc.

    Although the flexibility you have in course planning will vary widely depending on your program of study, your advisor can help you explore and weigh all the options that are available to you.


  • Credit Load Policy

    Refer to the Credit Load policy as you plan.