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Would you rather finish college in three years instead of four?

XX55XXXX55XX Registered User Posts: 1,014 Member
edited May 2010 in College Life
Just saw an interesting op-ed in the New York Times today, just thought I post it here and get some thoughts from current college students:

Op-Ed Contributors - A Degree in Three - NYTimes.com

Personally, I would love to complete my degree in three years if I could. However, that would probably mean doing more in less time, and spending more time in school as well.

If a three year system were to be implemented, the winter break would probably be cut from six weeks to three or two, and the summer break would begin in early July, not early/mid May, with school possibly starting in late August...

Would any of you guys kill to finish a degree in three years instead of four?
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Replies to: Would you rather finish college in three years instead of four?

  • Deker87Deker87 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    No I do not want to finish early. I love school and I don't want to "live" in my books so I can graduate early. I want to be involved on campus and that would be hard to do if was taking 18+ credits each semester.
  • RamblinmanRamblinman Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    I know a lot of people can complete there degree in 3 years (I mean units and course requirements wise) and some do, but I couldn't imagine shortening the amount of time I have to learn (even if I went into grad school right afterwards that is 1 year where I could have been taking additional courses that would better prepare me for grad school).

    It is feasible for me, but since I want to double major I would have to drop my minor, as I'd already be taking 4 technical courses a semester (after fall of sophomore year).

    If I did just do a single major, I still would graduate in 4 years, but I'd just take additional upper level electives and graduate level courses.

    I definitely wouldn't do a program that is set up for 3 years, I would just figure out what courses I need to fulfill all of my requirements and do it that way.
  • collegebound41collegebound41 Registered User Posts: 1,267 Senior Member
    i wouldnt want it as an option if i had to increase my courseload. im going to graduate in 3 years due to AP credit. i'd rather save the $$$$$ and get an internship quicker.

    btw if i do use my AP credit to graduate in three years, would my first year technically be my sophomore?
  • xxsteelxxxxsteelxx Registered User Posts: 448 Member
    To the OP, Yes I would like to finish in 3 years. Less debt I would have to pay off. :)
  • 1 Sky Pilot1 Sky Pilot Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    Oh gosh. Typed a reply and it was eaten by the internet connection.

    Anyway, no I'd rather just graduate in four, unless I had severe money problems. College is great - I'd be happy here forever :p. It's a safe environment where I can learn and practice skills required for the more unforgiving "real world". There's no need for me to rush :).
  • TheMan777TheMan777 Registered User Posts: 685 Member
    Hmmm... well would that indicate that we pay less total tuition since we are graduating people earlier? If so wouldn't that be difficult to pay professors adequately? I see lots of problems... The current system works and really I would rather they space things out more anyways - college it too much grind as it is.
  • ChipmoneyChipmoney Registered User Posts: 1,185 Member
    I might finish in 3 years. I'll also be bringing in close to 60 credits as a freshman though...

    I'd rather stay for four, but saving a year of tuition/room and board sounds nice...
  • reesezpiecez103reesezpiecez103 Registered User Posts: 1,246 Senior Member
    On the one hand, I'd love to have less debt to pay off after graduation. On the other hand, I feel like my life is already moving so fast, I don't want to shorten it even further. Ultimately, I'd rather enjoy the time I have without rushing it too much.
  • qihqiqihqi Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    I d rather do a double major if i have extra time.
    College is only once in a lifetime... enjoy it.
  • h4x24h4x24 Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member

    Less debt and (possibly) an extra year of salary..
  • karabeekarabee Registered User Posts: 859 Member
    In a word: no.
  • fa-la-la-lenafa-la-la-lena Registered User Posts: 2,844 Senior Member
    no!!! I'd much rather stay and be able to double major with 3 specializations (still graduating in 4 years)...I could've graduated early but I really don't see the point. I love my school, I love my friends here and although I am relatively poor, I certainly don't feel like I'll be ready to leave after 3 years. Plus, the extra year gives me more time to bolster my resume, garner more experience (research, work or otherwise) and not rush taking the GRE.
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    I would love to! But I have been going to school every semester, including during the summer, since I started in order to finish in 4 years, so I shudder to think of what it would have taken to pull it off in three.
  • isobellisobell Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    I would love to graduate early - maybe in two years even.
    I think college is a time that prepares me for the real world, but if I can get REAL WORLD experience, then why stay in college so long?
    There's always grad school, MBA and etc. - if you need to learn something else, it's not like you are forever banned from the sacred ground of the university.
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