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WHAT'S THE RUSH? Is an accelerated college degree for you?

December 28, 2011 by Bob Prout |

speed.jpgWhy would anyone want to earn a traditional 4-year college degree in only 3 years? You may ask yourself if all that acceleration is really worth it.

If you search the web for “accelerated college degrees,” you’ll find plenty of arguments, both pro and con. As you might expect, a lot of the pro arguments focus on personal economics while the con arguments focus on all the extra work and whether or not you’re up to the challenge.

But if you happen to be a committed student (and a good planner) you can, like thousands before you, rise to the challenge and earn that degree in less time.

If you’re interested, you can always do it yourself and cobble together your own plan. You might also want to take advantage of programs specifically designed to help students earn 4-year degrees in 3 years. Universities like UNC Greensboro and Arcadia University for example, offer programs that provide advantages like priority registration and dedicated advising that do-it-yourselfers don’t get.

Priority registration might not mean much to the uninitiated, but anyone who’s ever been closed out of a class they HAD TO HAVE can attest to the feeling of helpless frustration that goes with that experience. A dedicated advisor who works specifically with students who want to accelerate their studies can ensure that you stay on track and not make costly time-wasting schedule mistakes.

Most students who opt for accelerated college degree programs do so because they’re in a hurry to do something else. Yes, those personal economic concerns are a big incentive. You can save a whole year of:

  • tuition, 
  • room and board, and 
  • commuting. 
But for many, the real reward is putting the bachelor’s degree behind them and stepping boldly into a future that may include an advanced degree, internships, apprenticeships, or world travel.

Not every student who starts one of these programs completes it. But, there’s no penalty for dropping out of an advanced college degree program, and you might get ahead faster than you think.

Did you or someone you know graduate in fewer than 4 years? How did you/they do it?

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