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Bach­e­lor degrees typ­i­cal­ly take four years to com­plete. Most schools require their stu­dents to com­plete 120 cred­it hours, which breaks down to 30 cred­its per year, or 15 cred­its per semes­ter. The 120 cred­its are usu­al­ly divid­ed between intro­duc­to­ry gen­er­al edu­ca­tion cours­es that form the core cur­ricu­lum, and then upper-lev­el cours­es in a spe­cif­ic area that stu­dents choose to major in. Stu­dents are often allowed to take up to 20 cred­its a semes­ter, which would allow them to com­plete their degree in three years, though there are also accel­er­at­ed pro­grams that allow stu­dents to earn their Bachelor’s degree even faster. Accel­er­at­ed pro­grams are designed to allow moti­vat­ed stu­dents with excel­lent time man­age­ment skills to expe­dite their edu­ca­tion. This requires stu­dents to take heavy course loads which can become over­whelm­ing, and it is not rec­om­mend­ed that stu­dents work a full time job if they are in an accel­er­at­ed pro­gram. How­ev­er, if a stu­dent can han­dle the extra work, it can pay div­i­dends by allow­ing them to enter the work­force faster than usu­al. To fur­ther con­sid­er whether an accel­er­at­ed pro­gram is right for you, refer to our guide that goes into detail about Accel­er­at­ed Bachelor’s Degree Pro­grams: The Advan­tages and Dis­ad­van­tages.

Finding the Right Program

If you have decid­ed that an accel­er­at­ed bachelor’s degree is a good choice for you, the next step is to find the right school. Many accel­er­at­ed degrees are offered in online for­mats, because it allows stu­dents to main­tain some lev­el of sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty while they are over­loaded with work. For ref­er­ence to the fastest accel­er­at­ed online pro­grams, check out our list of the 30 Fastest Online Bachelor’s Degrees. Let’s take a clos­er look at a cou­ple of the fastest online Bachelor’s degrees.

Lamar University

Lamar Uni­ver­si­ty is a large pub­lic research uni­ver­si­ty locat­ed in Beau­mont, Texas, with a stu­dent pop­u­la­tion of over 15,000. The uni­ver­si­ty offers accel­er­at­ed degree pro­grams both on cam­pus and online. Stu­dents look­ing to enroll in an accel­er­at­ed online Bachelor’s degree pro­gram from Lamar Uni­ver­si­ty can choose from thir­teen dif­fer­ent majors, includ­ing Crim­i­nal Jus­tice, Gen­er­al Stud­ies, and Applied Arts and Sci­ences. Most of the online class­es are offered in tra­di­tion­al 15-week semes­ters as well as accel­er­at­ed eight-week pro­grams, allow­ing stu­dents to com­plete their cours­es faster than nor­mal. At the com­pet­i­tive rate of $248 per cred­it hour, stu­dents can save time and mon­ey by enrolling in an accel­er­at­ed Bachelor’s degree pro­gram at Lamar University.

Western Governors University

West­ern Gov­er­nors Uni­ver­si­ty is a pri­vate, non­prof­it uni­ver­si­ty that was found­ed in 1997 and is locat­ed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their uni­ver­si­ty offers online degrees from four col­leges: Col­lege of Busi­ness, Teach­ers Col­lege, Col­lege of Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­o­gy, and Col­lege of Health Pro­fes­sions. Their col­leges offer 29 dif­fer­ent online Bachelor’s degrees, and a vari­ety of online Master’s degrees. The uni­ver­si­ty has a unique strat­e­gy for accel­er­at­ing class sched­ules by bas­ing their pro­grams on com­pe­ten­cy-based edu­ca­tion (CBE) as opposed to time spent in class, which allows stu­dents to earn their degree as soon as they have mas­tered the mate­r­i­al. This allows stu­dents with pre­vi­ous knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence to stream­line their edu­ca­tion­al expe­ri­ence, and test out of a course before the com­ple­tion of a full semes­ter. At the cost of $290 per cred­it hour, stu­dents at West­ern Gov­er­nors Uni­ver­si­ty will get a good deal and be able to fin­ish their degree faster than usual.


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