4-Year Plan of Study

What's Your Plan?

The spring semester of your first-year at at RPI is a great time to start think about your remaining 6-semesters. While you are with the SoE Hub, you can sit with your Hub Advisor to create a 4- Year Plan that will guide you through all your upcoming curriculum decisions. Your curriculum planning and the conversation you have with your Hub Advisor, will provide you with a solid direction as you move onto your faculty advisor at the beginning of your sophomore year. With a 4-Year Plan, you can insert the courses for a minor you are interested in pursuing, or see where you can fit in a study abroad semester. It's a great way to answer many of your questions!

As you begin to build your 4-Year Plan, keep the following in mind:



Now, let's plan!


Step 1! Download your Major's Template.

The link below is an excel document full of major templates that are ready for you to customize. Once you download your cohort's file, you can find your major-specific template in the sheets section of the excel document. We recommend creating a brand new excel document for yourself, either by copying and pasting your major template into a new file, or by separating your major's sheet from the rest.

Make sure you save your file in a safe place! You don't want to lose any of the hard work you put into planning.

If you are planning on declaring a dual major, you will need to create that dual using resources from your SoE Hub Advisor and the blank template include in the above link. Please, reach out to your advisor before you begin and never Google for any curriculum that you need. 


Step 2! Customize your Excel Sheet.

Once you have saved your major template in a safe place, start to arrange the curriculum based on your individual degree progress and academic goals. Keep in mind, this document is yours! However you organize, or need to think about this content, this is just an outline. You need to decide how the content will look and what ultimately works for you. The following steps are suggestions on how to start building your 4-Year Plan, but as you go, feel comfortable to make notes or adjustments as you need!

If you haven't yet, please review the SAM and Your 4-Year Plan Hidden Curriculum Episode for support in creating your 4-year Plan.

Remember, you must bring a draft of your 4-Year Plan to your required, annual SAM meeting! 


Step 3! Keep your 4-Year Plan safe and updated!

Once you've finished your 4-Year Plan, you will want to revisit this document at least once a semester. Occasionally, you may need to make adjustments to what you have planned for a certain semester. This is common! If your plan has to change, repeat Step 2 to revise your excel sheet. Each semester, you want to have a Plan A, B and C, as you head toward registration. This 4-Year Plan can support your understanding of all your choices.


Questions? Make an appointment with your SoE Hub Advisor.
Hub Advising Hours: Weekdays, 9 to noon, 1 pm to 4 pm