Accelerated Degree Programs

The colleges and universities listed below have launched three-year degree initiaitives since the 2008 economic downturn:


New York University (New York, NY)
NYU announced a series of measures that make it easier to graduate in under four years, part of an initiative aimed at making the university more affordability, including offering more 2 credit courses to help students take 18 credits per semester, increasing number of transfer credits allowed, and training advisors to help students plan 18 credit semesters.

Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC)
The Bishop Leo Haid Fellowship program, aims to save students 60 percent on tuition (compared to average tuition at private colleges) by combining in-person and online studies. The students will spend summers on campus and then study online during the fall and spring semesters, graduating in three years.





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.



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, Grymes Hill Campus (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.



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)

Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, OH)



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.