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Completing a Baccalaureate Degree in Three Years

Shawnee State University offers accelerated programs to help students earn a bachelor's degree in three years. These programs require the same number of credit hours as traditional programs, but they allow students who carefully choose and earn college credits in advance to earn a degree more quickly. Earning college credits may include taking post-secondary classes while in High School, summer school or intersession classes.

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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 through:
    • 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.

3-Year Degree Information

Contact Information

The Office of the Provost 
Massie Hall Room 124 

Shawnee State University 
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Phone: (740) 351-3472 
Fax: (740) 351-3501

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