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How many years in college for a regular degree?

Bachelors degree or associates.

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Paul’s Answer

On average, it takes about three academic years to complete an associates at a junior or community college. This is usually because many students are not at a college academic level, when they come out of high school and enter the college system.

So, when they leave the community college and enter the university system, it normally will take an additional 2 to 3 academic years overall to complete a bachelors degree. This is also the case for students who originally enter a university system. It takes 5 or 6 academic years to complete a bachelors degree. But it can go quicker if a student attends the summer academic terms and picks up additional courses.
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Michel’s Answer

Like others have said most Associates will take you two years, but you can speed this up by doing summer classes and other things. It can take longer if you take a smaller course load. Most people will take 15 credits during a semester which will put you at 4-5 classes at a time. The bachelors will take around 4 years with the same thing you can speed it up or slow it down depending on what you are doing. Different degrees will also be easier and some will be harder. People doing degrees in STEM degrees may have a harder time speeding up a degree due to difficulty of classes and the classes sometimes not mingling well with one another. Physics and Chemistry have a lot of opposing points hard to separate them during a normal school year.
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Fernando’s Answer

For a bachelor's degree it's usually from 4 to 5 years, and for associate's degree it's 2 to 3. This all depends on the amount of classes you choose to take per semester, but that is usually the ballpark estimate.
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Ray’s Answer

Typically an Associates takes 2 years and Bachelors for 4, but it depends on how many classes you take per semester, if you take summer classes, internships, etc
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Megan’s Answer

2 years for an associates degree, 4 years for a bachelor's, 6 years for a master's, and I always kid anytime over that for a doctorate.
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Chirayu’s Answer

A Bachelor's degree typically takes four years of full-time study at a college or university in the United States. However, the exact length of time may vary depending on the program, the institution, and the individual student's progress. An Associate's degree typically takes two years of full-time study at a college or university in the United States. Again, the exact length of time may vary depending on the program, the institution, and the individual student's progress. It's important to note that there are also other types of degrees and programs, such as certificate programs and vocational programs, which may have varying lengths of study.
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James Constantine’s Answer

Hi Patrick,

Hope you're doing great!

When it comes to the duration of degree programs, it's not a one-size-fits-all scenario. The time it takes to earn a degree, be it a bachelor's or an associate's, can differ based on the specifics of the program and the pace at which the student decides to progress.

Generally speaking, a full-time student can expect to spend around four years earning a bachelor’s degree if they stick to the traditional academic calendar. But there's room for flexibility here. Some fast-track programs can help you get your bachelor's in just three years, while part-time students or those who take breaks might need a bit more time.

An associate’s degree, on the other hand, is typically a two-year journey for full-time students. These programs, often found at community colleges and technical schools, offer a solid grounding in a specific field or a stepping stone to entry-level jobs. Again, the actual time can vary depending on factors like the student's course load or any transfer credits they might have from previous learning experiences.

Remember, everyone's educational journey is unique. Factors like transferring credits from other courses, participating in internships or co-op programs, taking classes over the summer, or needing to repeat courses can all affect how long it takes to finish a degree.

For more detailed information, you might want to check out these reputable sources:

1. The U.S. Department of Education (https://www.ed.gov/)
2. The College Board (https://www.collegeboard.org/)
3. National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/)

Stay blessed!

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James.
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lillie’s Answer

The most common answer you will find is Associate 2 and Bachelor 4 years. However, that is usually not the case for the normal student. Yes, taking 15 credits per semester could get you to traditionally graduate within those time frames but that is not realistic. For me, I haven't had to take any extra semesters out of my 2 and 4 years in school but I have taken additional summer classes to make up for credits that didn't fit into my schedule. Always make sure, especially with financial aid, you take 15 credit hours just in case you want to drop a class that doesn't serve you. If you don't like the topic, the content is too hard, or you are borderline going to fail, drop the class immediately. You want a withdrawal on your transcript rather than an F, and you will be able to keep up with your financial aid status if you have grants that require a certain amount of credit hours. One thing to keep in mind is that in college and in life there are no time limits, you can complete things as fast or as slow as you please, as long as you're happy and taking care of yourself then that's all that matters.
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Chase’s Answer

Two years for associates and 4 years for bachelors. Some schools even let you apply the classes you took for your associates towards your bachelors to shorten the amount of classes you need to take it
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