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Whether you’re heading to school for the first time or going back to complete a degree, you’ve probably heard of accelerated bachelor degree programs.

These fast-paced programs make it possible for students to complete their education faster than traditional four-year options. For adult students, especially those that are going back to school for career advancement reasons, this can be a huge help.

But it’s not always clear what an accelerated program consists of. Here’s everything you need to know about accelerated degree programs so you can make an informed decision.

They’re concise and super fast

A normal semester at most four-year colleges lasts about 16 weeks. A student will likely attend these classes one or two times a week.

Accelerated courses go a lot faster than that. All of the courses are completed in shorter five, eight, or 10-week semesters. That means that everything is packed in.

Your classes might meet a few more times a week or for longer periods. Tests come at you a lot quicker, and you definitely have to stay on top of your assignments. Most times, assignments are due by the next class period, which can be just one or two days later.

Most of them are done online

Except for technical or career programs like Nursing and Mechanics, where being there in person is critical, accelerated programs are largely done online.

Since you’re not in the presence of a professor, a lot of the responsibility for information falls to you. You need to be dedicated to showing up, asking questions, and making sure you have what you need to complete your assignments.

The bonus to these online courses is it makes it easier for adult students to fit into their schedule. Many times, you can watch the lectures on your own time, and you’re given due dates in advance so you can get ahead.

Your timeline is significantly shortened

An accelerated bachelor’s program can be completed in anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Especially if you’re able to stick to the class schedule.

This is a considerable time saving compared to your traditional four-year college. If your goal is career advancement, this helps you get there a lot faster.

The short timeline saves you money

That’s right, in addition to getting your degree done faster, you could save a significant amount of money. Some students save as much as $15,000 off the cost of their tuition, depending on their major and additional school-related costs.

Cost is a huge benefit for adult students who already have financial responsibilities they need to take care of. So, if you’re looking for additional ways to save on your education, consider looking into the cost of an accelerated program for your major.

Whatever you decide to do, an accelerated program is an option for both adult and traditional students. Finishing your education faster helps you get back to your career and focus on climbing up the ladder to be where you want to be. What could be better than that?

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