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Most people think that they must go to school for four years to get a bachelor’s degree. In reality, the amount of time it takes you to graduate is determined not by the calendar but by the credits taken. Below are four ways you can get college credits faster and accelerate your progress through college.

Start Early

One of the keys to getting through college quickly is to start everything early. If you are able to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in school, you can get anywhere from one to three hours of credit in college.

A full load of AP courses is often hard to take, but it can pay off in the long run—it’s possible to graduate high school with one or more semesters already under your belt. Some schools also offer the ability to take college-level courses at local community college, which provide both credits and the ability to satisfy some prerequisite hours for many students.

Take More Classes

It might sound obvious, but one of the keys to graduating quickly is to take more classes per semester. Most schools base their four-year plans on a minimum level of courses per year—usually divided into fifteen credits per semester. Most schools will allow students to take significantly more credit hours, though. If you can manage six more credit hours per semester, you can typically cut a full year off of your degree program.

Transfer Your Credits

You don’t have to take all of your college courses at one school. One of the best ways to get ahead of the curve is to take some of your classes online from a place like Southwest Technical College. This can help to prevent artificial roadblocks to graduation by offering classes year-round and allowing students to participate in courses even when there are no physical seats left. Always check to make sure these credits transfer, though.

Take Summer Courses

If you really want to accelerate your degree progress, don’t take summers off. You can usually fit in a semester’s worth of credit hours over those three months, allowing you to carve a year and a half off of your progress by working through the summer. Summer seating does tend to be limited and some classes can be hard to find, but this is one of the best ways to shorten your college career.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you must wait four years to get your degree. If you are able to look at your requirements and work harder, you can get out faster. Accelerating your degree program isn’t just a good way to save time—it can also be a key way to get out of college with less debt.

Posted By: Meghan Belnap
Tuesday, December 26th 2017 at 4:56PM
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