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No, the fastest bach­e­lor degrees are not usu­al­ly the eas­i­est col­lege degrees because accel­er­at­ed for­mats require stu­dents to take con­densed and inten­sive cours­es that neces­si­tate strong time man­age­ment skills. Stu­dents must com­plete 120 cred­its in order to earn their bachelor’s degree, which typ­i­cal­ly takes four years, but accel­er­at­ed for­mats can allow stu­dents to fin­ish their degree in two years or less. Some accel­er­at­ed degree pro­grams require that their stu­dents are not employed so that they can focus on their stud­ies. If you are unsure of whether or not an accel­er­at­ed bachelor’s degree pro­gram is right for you, be sure to check out our arti­cle that goes into detail about Accel­er­at­ed Bachelor’s Degree Pro­grams: The Advan­tages and Dis­ad­van­tages. The ease and dif­fi­cul­ty of a degree pro­gram will depend on the strengths and resources of each stu­dent. If time man­age­ment is one of your strengths, then an accel­er­at­ed pro­gram can be the fastest and eas­i­est col­lege degree. If you have decid­ed that you want to earn your bachelor’s degree as fast as pos­si­ble, the next step will be to find the best pro­gram that meets your aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al expec­ta­tions. For ref­er­ence to some of the best schools that offer fast bach­e­lor degree pro­grams, check out our list of the Top 20 Fastest Bachelor’s Degrees With No Appli­ca­tion Fees. Let’s take a clos­er look at some of the fastest bach­e­lor degree programs.

Union Institute and University

Union Insti­tute and Uni­ver­si­ty is a pri­vate uni­ver­si­ty that was found­ed in 1964, and has its main cam­pus locat­ed in Cincin­nati, Ohio, with satel­lite cam­pus­es locat­ed in Ver­mont, Flori­da, and Cal­i­for­nia. The uni­ver­si­ty offers 13 dif­fer­ent bach­e­lor degree pro­grams online, which include Busi­ness Man­age­ment, Psy­chol­o­gy, Social Work, and a vari­ety of Edu­ca­tion degrees. Union allows stu­dents to trans­fer 90 cred­its from oth­er insti­tu­tions, which means that stu­dents with pri­or cred­its can com­plete their bachelor’s degree in less than one year. Class­es start every 8 weeks, allow­ing stu­dents to have the sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty they need to be as effi­cient as pos­si­ble with their time. Stu­dents are also allowed to slow down their class­es as a part-time stu­dent if their sched­ule becomes too demand­ing. Tuition for the 2017–18 school year came out to $12,896, though every stu­dent at Union received some form of finan­cial aid.

American Intercontinental University

Inde­pen­dence Uni­ver­si­ty is an online, non-prof­it uni­ver­si­ty that was estab­lished in 1978, and is head­quar­tered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Inde­pen­dence Uni­ver­si­ty is the online branch of Stevens-Henag­er Col­lege, which has five cam­pus­es in Ida­ho and Utah. Inde­pen­dence Uni­ver­si­ty is made up of four schools, the School of Health­care, the School of Busi­ness, the School of Tech­nol­o­gy, and the School of Graph­ic Arts. The four schools offer a com­bined 16 dif­fer­ent online bach­e­lor degree pro­grams, most of which take three years to com­plete, which is already faster than usu­al. The School of Health­care offers online bach­e­lor degree pro­grams that can be com­plet­ed in two years or less, mak­ing them some of the fastest online bach­e­lor degree pro­grams avail­able. Tuition at Inde­pen­dence Uni­ver­si­ty is $16,968 for one school year, though 99% of their stu­dents receive some form of finan­cial aid.


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