New Three-Year Degree Programs Since the Economic Downturn


2012-13 | 2011-122010-11 | 2009-10 

Introduced in 2012-13

Ashland University
Columbus, OH

Beginning in fall 2012, Ashland University will offer 12 bachelor's degrees that can be completed in three years.

Baldwin-Wallace College
Berea, OH

Beginning in fall 2012, Baldwin-Wallace College will introduce a three-year degree pilot program.

Thomas More College
Crestview Hills, KY

Thomas More College is beginning a three-year degree program in 2012-13, which will be available in all undergraduate programs except nursing and education. With admittance into the program comes a fixed tuition rate for all three years.

Urbana University
Urbana, OH

Beginning in 2012-13, Urbana University will begin modifying degree programs and course schedules to allow motivated students to obtain degrees in three years.

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA

Wentworth Institute of Technology will start its first three-year baccalaureate degree program in fall 2012.


Introduced in 2011-12

American University
Washington, DC

Beginning fall 2011, American University's School of International Service will offer a three-year BA program.

Bluffton University
Bluffton, OH

Starting fall 2011, Bluffton University is offering three-year bachelor's degree options in 12 programs.

Grace College
Winona Lake, IN

Starting fall 2011, Grace College will offer a three-year accelerated degree in each of its 50-plus major areas of study.

Lesley University
Cambridge, MA

Beginning in fall 2011, Lesley University will offer three-year degree options.

St. John's University
Staten Island, NY

In 2011-12, St. John's launches a three-year degree program at its Grymes Hill campus, offering students a projected savings of $29,000.


Introduced in 2010-11

Mount St. Mary's University
Emmitsburg, MD

Starting in 2010-11, Mount St. Mary's offers students a three-year degree option in any major available at the university.

Nichols College
Dudley, MA

Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT

University of Akron
Akron, OH

Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH


Introduced in 2009-10

Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA

Beginning in fall 2009, Chatham launched a three-year bachelor of interior architecture program, which saves students a full year of tuition and prepares them for the job market in less time than their competition.

Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY

Hartwick launched a three-year bachelor's degree program in 2009-10. It is designed to cut more than $40,000 off the current cost of earning a Hartwick undergraduate degree, eliminating over $30,000 in tuition, and more than $9,000 in fees for room and board. This represents a savings to students and their families of approximately 25 percent.

Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, IL

Starting in fall 2009, Lake Forest College offers three-year bachelor's degree programs in philosophy and communication and dual-degree programs in law and international studies. Similar accelerated graduate school programs in engineering, medicine, and business were expected to be added in 2010.

Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Beginning in 2009-10, Lipscomb adds the option of earning a bachelor's degree in three years. The three-year plan requires classes during two summers resulting in a $10,000 savings and the opportunity to enter the workforce or pursue a master's degree a year early.