Can You Finish College in Three Years?

Barry Lenson

Can You Finish College in Three Years?

“Some colleges offering 3-year bachelor's degrees,” an article in USA Today, reported that some American colleges are starting to offer degrees in three years instead of four. Justin Pope, author of the article, writes: “Not much else seems to be helping keep down college costs, so maybe this will: a three-year college degree.”

What colleges are offering three-year degrees? One is Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, According to Pope, Hartwick is the “most high profile school yet” to offer the option of completing a degree in three years.

But other colleges have officially entered the fray too. A little online research shows that they include Chatham University, Purdue University and the University of North Carolina at Greensborough.

And students have discovered strategies to cut their degree programs down by a year or more:

Earn credit for life experience.  To find out how, talk to admissions officers at the colleges where you are applying.

Pack your high school schedule with lots of advanced placement (AP) classes. It’s a no-cost way to earn college credit.

Simply take more courses in each of the semesters when you are in school. It might not be easy, but it could save one of those $50,000 annual tuition fees.

Take online college courses and then transfer the credit that they carry to another institution.

So, is it possible to cut your time in college down to three years – or fewer? The answer is yes. As college costs continue to soar, it’s a trend that is likely to grow.

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