The 3-Year Degree

Purpose Overview 3-Year Degree Plans (by School) Other Resources

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Ohio's public colleges and universities are assembling plans that will allow students to complete a traditional bachelor's degree in three years.



3-yr-degree-graphic.gifThese programs can be used to allow a student to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years:

  • College Credit Plus can help you earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking college courses from community colleges or universities. Taking a college course from a public college or university is free. That means no cost for tuition, books or fees. If you choose to attend a private college or university, you may have limited costs.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are advanced classes offered in high school that count towards graduation. Students earn college credit by taking the AP exam at the end of the course. Students pay a small exam fee instead of paying tuition for the college credits they earn. Ohio is one of only a few states to offer guaranteed college credit to students who achieve at least a median score on the AP exam. Ohio students scoring at least a '3' on an AP exam are guaranteed college credit at any University System of Ohio institution. The exact number of credits and how those credits apply toward a degree varies, but they usually count toward general education curriculum requirements.
  • Career-Technical Credit Transfer (CT)² allows high school and adult career-technical students who successfully complete specified technical programs to enter public colleges and universities with credits in-hand, saving students money and time. Ohio business and industry benefit from more employees with higher education and advanced skills.
  • Early College High Schools allow students to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Early college high school programs have been started in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Elyria, Toledo and Youngstown.

3-Year Degree Plans (by School)

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