Plan of Study

What is the preliminary Plan of Study (POS)?

The preliminary Plan of Study (POS) allows students to map out the entirety of their degree coursework to assist them in conversations with their assigned advisor about meeting all degree requirements prior to graduation.

What is the difference between a preliminary and final POS?

A preliminary POS is filed after a student has reached junior credit standing (54 credits or more) and outlines the student’s plan for the remainder of their coursework until graduation. Submitting an approved preliminary plan of study is required. A final POS is filed after you have registered for your final semester of coursework. The final POS must demonstrate that the student meets all requirements to graduate. The final POS is a UConn graduation requirement.

Who fills out the POS?

It is the student’s responsibility to fill out and file both the preliminary and final POS. However, students should do so with the guidance of their Academic Advisor. It is ideal to start this process at least one semester ahead of time, that is, in the spring of your sophomore year.

How do I submit a preliminary POS?

First, you must access you academic planner in Student Administration. SA Self Service > Student Center > Academic Planner Then you can select “Plan by Requirements” to review your remaining unsatisfied requirements for your degree. You may also add courses to your planner using the “Browse Course Catalog” component. Once you understand which courses you still need to take, review what semester those courses are offered and enter them into your Academic Planner accordingly. When you have completed this, you can select “Submit Plan of Study” and the document will be sent electronically to your faculty advisor for their review. Ultimately, if the preliminary POS is denied, you must fix whatever errors are indicated and submit a new, correct POS that satisfies all degree requirements. If the POS is approved, you now have a complete and accurate plan to reach graduation. If you decide to deviate from this plan, it is your responsibility to discuss the changes with your academic advisor and ensure that you are still completing all degree requirements. If you need further assistance, please access this video tutorial or contact your Academic Advisor:

How do I submit a final POS?

First, you must apply for graduation via Student Administration here: SA Self Service > Learner Services > Academics > Apply for Graduation Next, submit your final plan of study. You can do this by navigating the following path: SA Self Service > Student Center > Academic Requirements (under the drop down menu at the left) > “Submit Final Plan of Study” button All of your requirements must show as satisfied in student admin to have your final plan of study approved.

When should I submit my preliminary and final POS?

Students with junior standing (54 credits ) must submit a preliminary POS. The School of Engineering and our accreditation board requires that you submit a preliminary POS in the your junior year. Please note this requirement in the undergraduate catalog under the School of Engineering.

Your preliminary POS is submitted through Student Admin., prior to registering for courses for the following semester, or a bar will be placed on the student admin account to prevent registration.  To submit your preliminary plan of study, you need to fill out your “Academic Planner.” Once your academic planner is properly completed, in each of your next three or more semesters and all your requirements are satisfied, you should click on “Submit Preliminary Plan of Study” button. It takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out the planner. You can add any notes or attachments during the submission process. You will receive an e-mail after you submit your plan and another one once when your plan is approved. Once the plan is approved, your hold will be automatically removed.

If you do not file your POS and this prevents you from registering when your registration appointment time opens (commonly called a pick time), please do not request your hold be lifted immediately. Failure to file your POS in a timely manner is not sufficient justification to have your hold lifted on an “emergency” basis. The advising staff and your major’s department personnel must be allowed sufficient time to review your submission and ultimately approve or disapprove it.

The final POS must be submitted as soon as possible after registering for your final semester of coursework. The latest a final POS can be submitted is by the end of the fourth week of the semester in which a student plans to graduate.

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Please see your academic advisor, if you still need assistance.