There has been an increase in the number of seniors attending the University of Illinois from the 2008-2009 to the 2017-2018 school year. From data, engineering students seem to have the most seniors compared to another college.

Jack Hynes, a 22-year-old Civil Engineering major. Graduating with a Hoeft technology and management minor on time.

Hynes decided to pursue a minor late into his sophomore year, so there was an increase in required credits that he had to fit into his Junior and Senior year semesters which he did by taking an overload for the following semesters.

Engineers have a higher prevalence of co-ops than other majors due to the technical nature of industry jobs. Co-ops allow students to work for a summer and/or semester so they can immerse themselves in a job and/or company to develop more technical skills. These co-ops can offset tuition and expense costs, as working an additional semester results in a higher grossed income for an internship.

But co-ops can be less competitive to acquire because it will cause students to graduate later, making them less desirable for students to obtain. Hynes says that many companies value the experience candidates have obtained before their employment, this is why they can also be pro to students who may not mind taking another semester or year to graduate.

Engineers who are interested in studying abroad that lack a high number of college credits from high school will have to add an additional semester because there may not be the ability to have abroad courses approved for credit due to the lack of a compatible program. Engineers already have higher credit requirements, so a semester abroad would put students behind academically.


If it is not taking longer to graduate, where are these seniors coming from?

Are there certain colleges that require more of their students?

Is it students that decide to get dual-degrees or those that are double majors? Do minors have an effect?

University money benefits? Engineering pay a higher tuition than most students.


Mariah Guzman

Author: Mariah Guzman

Mariah Guzman, journalism sophomore