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Couldn't you finish a bachelor's degree in two years?

nglez09nglez09 Posts: 186Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2009 in College Admissions
I was examining the college catalog course lists and dates/times and I accommodated 6 classes during summer (2 sessions), fall and spring semesters all totaling 60 units all applicable to the necessary major and general ed. courses. Is it possible to do this without killing yourself? I know there'd be very little social time, but would it be too much in your opinions? How many classes do you all usually take each semester? Thanks in advance.
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Replies to: Couldn't you finish a bachelor's degree in two years?

  • christalena2christalena2 Posts: 1,668Registered User Senior Member
    Usually colleges have a maximum amount of hours you can take each semester. Watch for that.
  • MallomarCookieMallomarCookie Posts: 3,181Registered User Senior Member
    Generally people take 4 classes per semester, with 5 being "overloading." I think some colleges actually have a restriction on how many semesters you can overload.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 18,776Super Moderator Senior Member
    Two other things: You may have to pay extra to overload and some courses are not offered every semester (or every year). Then you are stuck waiting for a required course.
  • nglez09nglez09 Posts: 186Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for all the information.
  • itla_unoitla_uno Posts: 336Registered User Member
    also, many colleges had a number of units required to graduate. this is likely greater than just your GEs + your major recs. fill that time with electives, minors, etc.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    you could possibly do it -- it has been done before.

    some things to consider -- many schools will only offer financial aid for two semesters, so cost may be a factor

    some schools have a requirement of so many semesters at the school to graduate

    some schools do not allow you to overload your semester or not every semester

    some schools only offer certain courses at certain times and with prereqs this can be an issue. You many need a certain course to graduate and it may not be offered the semester you want to take it.

    If you want to graduate college in 2 years, it would be easy -- attend a school is generous with credit given for AP/IB classes. Take those AP/IB tests and earn 30+ credit hours. Take some dual enrollment classes during the summer at the local community college (and during the school year if you can) and get more hours. You could then enter college with around 40 -- 60 hours. Then take the maximum the school allows during the summer and school semesters (I attend school now as an adult -- the limit is 12 during the summer and 22 during the fall and spring semesters.)

    with the hours needed to graduate (120 at my school), entering college with 60 hours (AP/IB credit and CC classes) and taking the maximum load of classes, you could graduate in just a little over one year.

    the trick would be to attend a school that is not too difficult, takes the transfers hours, is generous with credit for AP/IB tests and doesn't require more than 3-4 semesters attendance at the school to graduate. You would also need to be able to really focus and commit yourself -- you wouldn't have any extra time. I can't imagine you could do this with an engineering or math degree.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Posts: 14,728Super Moderator Senior Member
    I think that the biggest question is why? Why do it?
  • specifyspecify Posts: 726Registered User Member
    I think that the biggest question is why? Why do it?

    I think this is the most important question that the OP hasn't asked.

    Also have you taken into consideration the risk of losing motivation in the midst of all this and screwing yourself over? It's very possible.
  • blairtblairt Posts: 1,735Registered User Senior Member
    Part of going to college is so you can EXPERIENCE college social life and try new things.. please don't waste that tuition on being a grade grubber. I hope you learn something more than facts and study skills.. a liberal arts education (I'm assuming, but nevertheless, any kind of education) must be thoroughly imbibed, with much time for intermittent thought between classes, for it to be useful for anything other than grad school prerequisites.


    It thoroughly depresses me to see what this AP culture has done to education. It's so damn sad to see my generation slowly construct its own demise mindlessly filling course requirements.. all while we think we're "advancing."
  • UCLAriUCLAri Posts: 14,728Super Moderator Senior Member
    Well, I just tend to see these "rush through undergrad" plans as a bit shortsighted. For one, I don't think a lot of people realize how fun college can be.

    Besides, a person with four years of undergrad is likely to be more mature than a person with two years of undergrad. I know it's not a popular opinion around here, but the difference between a 20 and 22-year-old is pretty big.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    those concerned with the "why do it" are correct -- I dealt with the how's and not the why's.

    As far as why someone would want to (I take about 22 hours each semester and 9-12 each summer) is that I need to get a job as soon as possible. However, I am 42 years old and have 2 children who will soon be attending college. My previous jobs paid ok, but no benefits -- and college will improve my job propects.

    I can imagine many circumstances that might occur where a student might wish to finish college in a short time period -- but I would not recommend it for a traditional student. Money is one reason -- it would certainly be cheaper to attend school in 1 1/2 years over four.

    I would never advise my kids to do nothing but study and I am advising them against transferring their CC credits or AP test credits unless they think about it very carefully.
  • UCLAriUCLAri Posts: 14,728Super Moderator Senior Member
    hsmomstef,

    In your case, I think it's the right thing to do. :)
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    it definitely is -- although my GPA isn't the highest (hard to do, just too much going on) and my major is easy (easy school and geography) and now I work 20 hours a week, so this summer I am not taking classes.

    Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should -- however, in my case I would feel silly trying to get the "full four year college experience" and taking a heavy load while working is typical of non-traditional students. I just wish I had listened to my mother and gone to college after high school!
  • ukrdennisukrdennis Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    I think finishing the college as fast as possible is great because why the hell do you wanna stick around there. Personally I don't like college, hell, if I could I wouldn't even bother going there. Unfortunately my mother and society wants me to get a degree so I have to do it. I love UNLV and I wish I could stay there but my parents don't have much money to send me there so I have to stay in UNR. I don't want to but I have to and for me at least getting this damn degree over and done with is a ****ing dream! I like sociology and it is interesting but I think it is stupid that I have to go to school for it. I much rather learn the field on the job but I can't do that. Well I am 18, this is my freshmen year I already have like 40 credits and I am almost done with my gen eds. So to everybody I recommend do this **** as fast as you can. The last thing you wanna do is stick around doing this college for four years. I don't know but I am the type of person that just wants to do the job not go to college for it. It's a shame that our society is like this that in order to live a good financial life you have to spend thousands of dollars in a university.
  • ukrdennisukrdennis Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    college is fun but it depends on the situation. If you are living in dorm and away from parents it's ****ing awesome but you know what when you can't do that, college sucks.
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