What Is an Academic Goal?

An academic goal is an objective or ambition related to educational success. Setting academic goals helps students obtain achievements and accomplishments throughout their academic careers. These goals range from the short term to the long term and include various personal objectives.

Short-term academic goals include finishing homework by 10 p.m. each night, receiving an A in a specific course and completing every assigned course reading. Long-term academic goals include graduating with honors, completing a thesis, writing a dissertation and enrolling in a post-graduate institution. Although academic goals vary among students, they help to create educational milestones that ensure academic success.