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Excessive Unit (Super Seniors)

The terms “Excessive Units” or “Super Seniors” is a term describing students seeking a first baccalaureate degree who have earned 170 or more units and who have not yet graduated. Excessive Unit Seniors receive a registration hold each quarter until they graduate based on their units.

There are three different groups of Excessive Unit Seniors: the first group has already applied for graduation, the second group has not applied for graduation and the third group have earned 170-216 units. For all groups, intrusive advising shall be used to facilitate their graduation.

1. Excessive Unit Seniors who have applied for graduation

a)  Advising and Academic Services will place a hold on your account “Done with IP Coursework” for students who will be finishing in current quarter, if you are on track there is no action needed. If you need to adjust your graduation date you will need to make an appointment with Advising and Academic Services to complete an Excessive Unit Administrative Contract. 

b)  Advising and Academic Services will place a hold on your account “Need More Time” for students who have a graduation check on file, but their PAWS reflects they are missing a requirement. You will need to make an appointment with Advising and Academic Services to complete an Excessive Unit Administrative Contract.

2. Excessive Unit Seniors who have earned 216 units and above

Advising and Academic Services will place a hold on your account if you are above 216 units “UGRD Studies-Degree Progress”. You will need to make an appointment with Advising and Academic Services to complete an Excessive Unit Administrative Contract.

3. Excessive Unit Seniors who have earned 170-215 units

Students will recieve an email or hold from college designee, Graduation Retention Specialist regarding earned earned units.

If an Excessive Units Senior fails to follow the Graduation Plan and does not have a reasonable explanation for doing so, the student will be in a position to be dismissed from the University. If the student has any questions regarding their Graduation Plan, it will be the students responsibility to voice their concerns with Advising and Academic Services.

All of the CSU campuses have been asked to encourage students to graduate in a timely manner so that there are more seats available to all students seeking a degree. It is not intended that standards be lowered by waiving requirements or making inappropriate substitutions.  It is hoped that this process will help students to keep their focus on the goal of completing their degree leading to a dream career or a postgraduate education.