An Associate’s Degree generally requires 60 total credits to complete. So, while most college students complete this requirement in two years, it is very possible to complete this degree in less than two years.
Most class requirements for your first two years are 3-credit courses, so to stay on track for two-year graduation, you would need to take five classes per semester.
Here are some tips on how you can complete your Associate’s Degree in less than two years:
Did you know you could take classes in high school that also count as college credit?
High school juniors and seniors are able to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes. These classes not only satisfy high school requirements but college credits as well.
By taking advantage of these courses, students are able to graduate from high school with college credits in hand, setting them ahead of their peers.
Consider enrolling in summer or winter courses.
Most schools, even community colleges, offer summer and winter classes. Since these classes are offered during a shorter session, they’re condensed. This means instead of having a full 4-months to learn the material, you’re having to do so in a matter of weeks.
Most colleges allow students to take up to two courses per summer or winter session, which means you can complete up to 12 additional credits per year.
If you also have some college credits from your high school classes, this means you could cut over a full semester off your two-year degree.
Take more credits per semester.
Some schools may have a credit cap on the maximum allowed classes you can enroll in during a semester. If you can increase your credits from 15 to 18, and take some summer classes, you could see yourself completing your Associate’s Degree around one and a half years or so.
If you have college credits that transferred or applied from your high school classes, you might only have to spend one year completing your Associate’s Degree.
While most students take two years to complete their Associate’s Degree Program, that doesn’t mean you need to too. It’s not going to be easy – in fact, it’s going to take a lot of hard work. But, by following the tips outlined above, you can get an Associate’s Degree in less than two years.