Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Farmington in Four graduation guarantee.
Q: Who should I talk to if I want more information on Farmington in Four?
A: Your academic advisor will help you with your questions.
Q: Is there a deadline to sign up for Farmington in Four?
A: Yes, in most cases you must sign up for Farmington in Four by May 1 of your first year. There are exceptions. Because of extensive requirements for teaching certification, including many lab courses, students in Secondary Science Education who wish to sign up for this program and wish to graduate in four years must declare their interest during the admissions process or before the beginning of their first semester. Students who wish to pursue an Individualized Major may sign up as late as May 1 of their second year (see # 7 below).
Q: Where can I find a sample map to graduation plan for my major?
A: Academic plan templates may be found on myCampus
Q: Once I choose a major, do I have to stick to this plan? Can I make changes in it?
A: Many changes can be made to the templates. GE (General Education) courses can generally be taken in any semester and so can be exchanged freely with other GE courses. There are also many different courses in each semester that satisfy any given GE requirement.Many courses in the major, however, have prerequisites and/or are only offered in specific semesters so there are different degrees of flexibility depending on the course. Your advisor will work one-on-one with you to create your own individualized map to graduation. You and your advisor together may make changes in your plan as you progress through your program, but your individualized map will always keep you on track to graduate in four years. Don’t panic if a course in your template is full when you go to register for it. Speak with your advisor who will help you find an alternate course and modify your plan.
Q: What happens if I change my major? Can I remain in Farmington in Four?
A: Students who change their academic program may re-apply for Farmington in Four; however, the guarantee will be extended only if all requirements for the new major can still be met by the initial planned graduation date.
Q: I am in the Liberal Arts Undecided Program. When do I have to sign up for Farmington in Four?
A: Students who enter UMF in the Liberal Arts Undecided Program must declare their major and sign up for Farmington in Four by May 1 of their first year. Students in the Liberal Arts Undecided Program who wish to pursue an Individualized major must sign up no later than May 1 of their second year.
Q: I am thinking of applying for an Individualized Major. When do I have to sign up for Farmington in Four?
A: Students who decide to declare an Individualized Major may do so as late as May 1 of their second year in collegeand still participatein Farmington in Four. Individualized degree majors need to submit an approved degree planwhen they sign up for Farmington in Four. To be eligible, they must demonstrate that they will have completed64 credithours prior to the start of their third year.
Q: Where can I find a list of courses that I am required to take in the first year in my major? Are there recommended first-year courses in my major?
A: A list of required and recommended courses may be found (major-by-major) in the University of Maine at Farmington Catalog.
Q: I am a transfer student. Am I eligible for Farmington in Four?
A: Farmington in Four has been designed for first-year students who begin their studies in the fall semester. They may transfer in course credits, e.g., for individual classes taken at other colleges or AP credit. Transfer students who wish to enroll in the four year graduation guarantee program may do so, but should consult with their academic advisor. In instances where prior credit allows a one, two, or three year timeline to degree, the Farmington in Four graduation guarantee is of no particular advantage to the student.
Q: I am a matriculated student at UMF. If I take courses at other institutions, will the credits be applied toward Farmington in Four?
A: In most cases, credits earned at other accredited colleges or universities after you have become a UMF student can be applied toward a UMF degree. Check with your advisor tobe sure the specific courses you plan to take will be accepted and will fit within your four-year graduation plan.
Q: How will dropping or adding courses affect my participation in Farmington in Four?
A: You should always check with your advisor before making changes to your schedule. Some changes will not be a problem, while others may create serious difficulties. The Farmington in Four graduation guarantee requires that students complete a minimum of 32 credit hours per academic year. Academic offerings during Winter, May and Summer Terms will often provide students the flexibility to make up courses they may have needed to drop.
Q: What happens if I can’t get into a course my advisor recommended?
A: Notify your advisor immediately! Your advisor will help you choose an acceptable alternative.
Q: What happens if I don’t complete my first-year required and / or recommended courses prior to fall semester of the second year. Can I still be in Farmington in Four?
A: You should talk with your advisor to see if an alternative plan to graduation can be created.
Q: What happens if I fail a required course? Can I still be in Farmington in Four?
A: If you fail a required course, you and your advisor will need to make changes in your personal graduation plan. This may void your eligibility for Farmington in Four, but your advisor will try to help you create a revised plan that allows you to remain in the program.
Q: What happens if a course required for graduation is no longer offered at UMF?
A: An acceptable alternative or course substitution will be offered. Speak with your advisor.
Q: Will UMF be offering the Farmington in Four graduation guarantee to students who matriculated prior to Fall 2010?
A: No. Only those students who matriculate under the 2010-2011, or later, Catalog are eligible for the Farmington in Four program. This is because the new interactive advising tools have been specifically designed for use with the UMF Catalog and the resources are not available to apply the tools to previous years’ Catalogs. UMF advisors will, however, as always, work individually with each student to achieve the most timely graduation plan possible.
Q: Can I change my Farmington in Four advisor?
A: Yes. Your Farmington in Four advisor is your academic advisor. Talk with the Chair of the academic division in which your major is housed.
Q: Can I do an internship and still participate in Farmington in Four?
A: Yes. Talk with your advisor.
Q: Can I study abroad or at another university for a semester and still participate in Farmington in Four?
A: In most instances, yes, but this requires early planning with your academic advisor.
Q: How can I cancel my Farmington in Four Agreement?
A: You may cancel the Agreement at any time without penalty by providing written notice to your advisor.
August 22, 2010
For additional information about Farmington in Four, contact the UMF Office of Admission.
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994