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I want to graduate from a 4 year university in 3 years, Is this possible?

I want to save money by attending community college in the summer and be able to enter medical school. #medschool #medicalschool #FutureDoctor #family-medicine

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Austin’s Answer

Kierra, short answer is YES, it is entirely possible to graduate undergrad in 3 years. If you take AP courses and do well, take a full course load every semester and don't take electives, and enroll in summer school you can definitely do it. Personally, I took a few AP classes in high school and was able to graduate a semester early (I also studied abroad for a semester which is why not a full year early). Graduating early really depends on how you plan out your schedule; if you take only the courses required then you can for sure graduate early. Taking summer school courses also helps a lot to ensure that you are early (I did this during my Junior year).


Be warned that you are going to have to plan this all out and be diligent; talk to a college counselor to be sure that your college planning and progression is on track. Your college counselor/ academic counselor will be able to help you out greatly to ensure that you are on track to graduate early if you so wish.


I wish you the best of luck and I hope this helps!!


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Austin

Austin recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your college/academic counselor to ensure that you are on track to graduate early
Take AP courses, enroll in summer school, and don't take elective course
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Chris’s Answer

Kierra,

Yes it certainly is possible to graduate early. Depending upon where you are in your pre-college education, you should focus on taking AP and Honors courses. If you get good grades in these classes, many colleges will give you college credits or allow you to test out of college courses which will enable you to achieve the total number of credits you need to graduate more quickly. Many people are able to graduate after 3-years but it does required you to be very intentional and follow a well thought out plan. You should work with your high school guidance counselor and also with your college guidance counselor to be sure you have a solid plan and you know what courses your need to take, in what order to achieve your goals.

Another things some people do and add a second major or a minor within their 4-years. This will require a similar disciplined approach and making sure stay on track year-over-year. It's easy to fall behind if you're not diligent in sticking with your plan.

Best wishes as you pursue your education objectives.

Chris recommends the following next steps:

Meet with your high school or college counselor to establish a clear plan of action.
Make sure you understand and are committed to a long-term disciplined approach to achieving your objectives.
Determine your focus of study and potentially even your preferred career path so that you can determine all the proper cources to take to graduate early.
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Rachel’s Answer

Absolutely this is possible. Just keep very close track of time so that you can take the MCAT and submit your application on time.
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Richard’s Answer

Yes. This is what I did.

I started college with credit from AP / IB courses in high school. I took summer classes in my home town. I graduated from the state university with a BA in biochemistry in 3 years.
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