The average college student completes their Bachelor’s Degree in 4-5 years – but that doesn’t mean it needs to take that long!
If you’re in a hurry to begin your career and can’t wait for a real paycheck, there are things you can do to finish your Bachelor’s degree fast. Here are the most common ways students complete their degree in less than 4-years.
Start early if you can and take advanced classes in high school.
Many high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes to their junior and senior students. This means that students can take advanced level classes that satisfy both college and high school requirements. This means these students will graduate from high school with a few college credits under their belt.
This is a great option for students who want to finish their degrees faster and a great way to save money on college tuition.
See if your college has the option to take course competency exams.
Colleges and Universities sometimes offer course competency exams, primarily for general education and 100-200 level courses. These exams allow students to test out of specific classes. This means that students pay an exam fee and receive credit for the course material if they pass.
By testing out of core classes, students will be able to get ahead and complete their degrees fast.
Take extra classes to help you get ahead.
Believe it or not, many schools allow you to take more than 15 credits per semester at no additional cost. The course load might become challenging, but taking 18 credits per semester puts you on track for graduation in just under 3.5 years.
That means you could graduate an entire semester or more ahead of schedule. It also means that you will save some money because you won’t be paying for so many classes when you’re taking them in “bulk.”
Consider taking classes during Summer and Winter sessions.
Colleges and Universities generally offer summer and winter sessions. These sessions allow students to take classes instead of going on break. These classes are condensed to accommodate a shorter schedule and often require more hours per day in attendance and extra study time outside of the classroom.
The max amount of classes schools will generally allow students to enroll in during the summer or winter session is two.
This means that you could complete up to 4 classes or 12 (or more) credits per summer. By taking summer classes, students can speed up completing their Bachelor’s Degree by at least one full semester even if they just take one class per summer or winter session!
Now that you know some ways to finish your Bachelor’s Degree fast, it’s up to you to decide how you want to proceed. You can take advantage of one or all four of the methods mentioned above to accelerate your graduation. The best way would be to take advantage of all four in some capacity to make sure you’re not entirely over-stretching yourself and also ensuring you pass your classes with good grades.