Graduating in 3 vs. 4 years

<p>The thing that nobody has touched on yet is the psychological value of a four-year education. Students' minds are still developing at 22. College isn't just about teaching required subjects, it's about turning kids into adults. It's four years for a reason. I'm not saying you can't be a productive citizen if you graduate early, just that most colleges are designed for students to graduate in four years, and I think that's what people should do, regardless of requirements.</p>

<p>Don't be a fool stay in school (up to 8 years even!! ).</p>

<p>If you can, go on study abroad.</p>

<p>That was (socially and independently) worth more than all my years as an undergraduate student.</p>

<p>Maybe you should spend one semester in College and then decide if you want to graduate in three. A lot of student get thrown into the social side of Colleges as a Freshman and this can(But not always) be detrimental to their grades. If you want to come into College and live like the kids do on Television then it would be extremely difficult for you to do this and graduate with a decent GPA in 3 years.</p>

<p>But ultimately the choice is up to you. I would say do not graduate in three years even if this means borrowing a little more money. I would say at least graduate in 3.5 years and/or take the opportunity to go on study abroad. </p>

<p>I spent over 4 years in undergraduate and I don't really regret it. This happened because I changed my major three times and I payed the penalty for coming into College at 18 naive and unprepared. Albeit I was never interested in partying, not even when I was 15.</p>

<p>I graduated in 3 years not only because I didn't need to overload on courses in order to do it (i.e., graduating early was "easy" for me), but also because I knew what I wanted to do afterward (graduate school), and there didn't seem to be any sense in doing that later rather than sooner.</p>

<p>I managed to take all the electives that interested me, as well. Lesser reasons for graduating early include having no interest in study abroad and running out of scholarship money after the third year.</p>