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What are some ways that you can get a bachelor's degree in less than 4 years?

I want to know if there is any way to shorten the amount of time spent getting a bachelor's degree. It would be an ideal situation for me because I will have 8 years of schooling afterwards to become a doctor. #medicine #university #bachelors-degree

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi Nada!
There are a few things you can do if you would like to complete your bachelor's degree in less than 4 years.
1) Take AP courses in high school. If you are a strong student and are currently enrolled in honors courses, you might want to consider taking AP courses as well. AP courses are taught on a collegiate level and allow students to take a placement test at the end of the semester. If you take and pass this exam, you may be able to enter college with some credits.
2) Take summer or winter courses. If graduating in less that 4 years is a priority, you can take summer and winter courses. The biggest challenge here is scheduling. Where a typical college semester is 15 weeks, a summer or winter semester can be 8 weeks or less. This means professors have to put more stuff in less class time. If you decide to do this, be sure to select subjects that you are stronger at so you can pass without getting too stressed.
3) Take 18 credits a semester. Most students take 12-15 credits (4 or 5 classes) a semester to be considered full time but if you feel good about yourself academically and have strong time management, you may want to add a 6th class to your schedule.


Hope this helps!

Thank you comment icon Again, Elizabeth thank you for the wonderful advice once more!!! I will definitely look into what you have suggested! :) Nada
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Lorelle’s Answer

There are several ways that may work for you:
1) You can take classes on line.
2) Some schools offer 8 week semesters instead of the normal semester time.
3) Take classes in the summer or add extra classes when you can.
4) Not exactly your question, But. you may benefit from looking at other options available: LPN then RN, ADN/ Bridge to BSN, combination BSN/ MSN, BSN/ PhD. There are many different ways to obtain the degrees you want. Explore and find the one that works for you! Good Luck!

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the amazing advice Lorelle! It is much appreciated! :) Nada
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Richard’s Answer

I used AP credit and summer school to graduate with a degree in biochemistry in 3 years.
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Jim’s Answer

Same as above...some college do offer "accelerated" programs you might want to shop around for, if your main goal is to get in and out in less than four. But don't discount all the opportunity a campus life can bring....and your personal interest in a specific major and getting the proper classes for that.

Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice Jim! I'll definitely be looking into that! :) Nada
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Kelly’s Answer

You can take a heavy load each semester and attend summer school. Can easily cut a year to a year and a half off your degree plan. However, it would not allow you to experience the college life and some employers and graduate programs do look at extra curriculars in determining a well rounded hire.

Thank you comment icon Thanks for outlining the pros and cons for me Kelly! I will definitely be looking at the matter both ways now! :) Nada
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