A question I've had and never gotten answered recently is what looks better on a transcript: 18-20 credits in one semester and quickly finish my undergrad, or take a lengthy stay at around 12-14 credits per semester with the extra year being used for grad school courses? If I take the extra year, it would be 5 years as an undergrad due to having to transfer from a 2 year school and not having many courses relevant to my major here. 3.5 of those years will be at the 4-year institution. I need at least 2.5 years to finish my major, 3.5 gives me a chance to take some grad school courses and do more research, and it would be less stressful for me. But I'm worried if I take too long in undergrad it won't look good on a transcript (there's money too but I don't have to pay for school myself). I also don't mind waiting another year for a degree. If I reduce it to 3 years or 2.5, I'll have to take 18 credits a semester, at least 9 of which would be upper division work in Physics and Computer Science. I'd have to start taking on that kind of workload now, so that's why I'm asking so early. So what would you do in my situation?