Conditions for Completing a Baccalaureate Degree in Three Years
Most of the following conditions must be met in order to consider completing a baccalaureate degree in three years:
- Enter college with applicable and transferrable credit earned while in high school
- Advanced Placement credit,
- International Baccalaureate Program credit,
- Dual credit courses,
- Post-secondary Enrollment Option credit,
- Community College credit, and/or
- Credit earned through online programs.
- Completion of coursework during summer sessions.
- Granting of degree requirements based on proficiency examinations and/or credit for life experience.
- Enter college with no need for developmental or remedial coursework.
- Upon enrollment at Shawnee State, an initial development of a three-year degree plan with the assistance of an academic advisor must be followed by regular meetings with the assigned advisor.
- Willingness and ability to take a full load (15-18 semester hours) of courses during each academic term and schedule required courses as they are available.
- Communication, meetings and continued contact with an advisor from your chosen major is critical to the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree in three years.
Long-range academic planning and consultation with academic advisors is essential to obtaining a three year degree.
A student who wants to complete a three-year degree will need to know what major/degree he or she wants to complete, and must take appropriate course work, even while in high school. Most students on a three-year track will not be able to explore educational alternatives or change their minds about courses, programs, or majors.
3-Year Degree Completion Feasibility by Program
The following sample curricular programs (PDF format) illustrate how the application of prior credit of the kinds described above can lead to successfully completing a baccalaureate degree in three years.