The University of Toledo is giving some first-year students the opportunity next fall to obtain undergraduate degrees in three years rather than four.
For most students, it takes four years to earn a traditional bachelor's degree, but UT is working to change that. Starting next year, the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences will offer all of its majors in an optional three-year format.
"I think that's a huge opportunity for people," said Nancy Youssef, a UT graduate student. "It would have been much better, I could have gotten my bachelor's [degree] in three years and then went on to grad school right away."
University officials say the program is designed for students who want to work at an accelerated pace. Most classes will last just eight weeks, with an opportunity to test out of courses to earn credits.
"I think it could be good because it saves time, especially for people who - if they don't go to college right out of high school, they could be done in three years and that is very helpful. On the other hand, college is a lot of fun. It's a great time and I think people would like to have the full four years of doing it," explained Luke Hall, a UT student.
According to officials, students who choose the three-year option will save money, but some worry what will happen when graduation time comes.
"If people start getting their bachelor's [degree] in three years, you're going to have a lot of people on the market, all looking for employment, and that might create some unemployment issues," said Youssef.
University officials say the quality and content of these programs will stay the same as the four-year models, plus there will be extra support systems for students who choose the faster route.
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