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Is it ok to take longer than 4 years to graduate university?

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due to various financial, personal reasons and changing majors, i will not be able to able to graduate university by 2012 as i had planned, and might actually have to stay until 2014 at the latest. my question, how much does this affect my chances of getting into a grad school or getting a good job? do they frown upon any graduation date longer than 4 years?
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Your lack of planning is a poor reason for taking longer to complete your degree. I know some people who took a year off during their degree to do a military tour in Afghanistan, and that was a legitimate excuse.
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@ARMY101 wrote
Your lack of planning is a poor reason for taking longer to complete your degree. I know some people who took a year off during their degree to do a military tour in Afghanistan, and that was a legitimate excuse.



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baddoctor just make sure your GPA is high enough and it's not like you're going to mention what year you started university on your job application anyway. This will only affect grad schools if your GPA is low and you took extra courses to upgrade it, they will be able to see this but it's not overly significant. Good luck.
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I know a lot of people who stretched their degree out to 5 years. Employers could probably care less how long it took you to get your degree. Grad schools typically allow you to explain special circumstances, and you could explain that there.
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