How hard is it for Engineers to graduate in 4 years?

<p>I'm really confused right now because I came in with the notion that Engineers would need 5/6 years to graduate but when I got to college(Umass Amherst), they made it seem like a crime not to graduate in 4 years! They only let you stay for 5 years too! How common is it for Engineers to graduate in 4 years and will you have to take 20 credits an hour?</p>

<p>I was wondering since I'm planning to take 19 credits my freshman semester so I can make it out in 4 years. Is this necessary or should I just stick to 15?</p>

<p>I think it is weird not to graduate in four years regardless of major. my school plans out the courses for every year and the avg credit hr is 17 - 18 hrs. See if your school has a course plan for your major.</p>

<p>In-state students at UMass are subsidized by the state so you're using up state resources every year that you attend so I can understand limiting students to five years. You'll find out long before then whether or not engineering is for you anyways.</p>

<p>This is a course plan for electrical engineering for four years. It's typically 16-17 credits per semester. That is a lot of credits and a lot of tough courses and you have to execute perfectly - that is make sure that you get the required courses at the time that they are available.</p>

<p><a href="http://ece.umass.edu/sites/default/files/ece/ee_2013_v02.pdf%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://ece.umass.edu/sites/default/files/ece/ee_2013_v02.pdf&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Many students come in with AP or dual-enrollment credits. Having AP Calc, AP Physics, and AP English under your belt can lighten the per-semester load. There's also the summer session if you want to decrease credits needed during the regular year.</p>

<p>BTW, UMass' 4-year graduation rate is 52%. My guess is that it's a lot lower for engineering (including the students that don't graduate or that switch to other majors).</p>