Three Ways Students Graduate Early at SUU

Posted: January 12, 2021 | Author: Lyndsey Nelson | Read Time: 3 minutes

How to graduate college earlyPursuing higher education can be an incredible opportunity, and one that is becoming increasingly valuable in establishing a career and transitioning from student life to the job market. However, the time and money spent in school can often be seen as a setback to those wishing to start a career early or those looking to pursue a non-traditional career.

Southern Utah University has several opportunities available to students who want to receive the benefits of higher education at a quicker pace with less expense. At SUU, students can speed up their degree in three ways: by getting involved in the Jumpstart program freshman year, by taking the Prior Learning Assessment, and by taking advantage of SUU’s three year degree program.

Graduate Early at SUU

SUU’s Jumpstart Program

Established in 2015, Jumpstart serves as a way for students to complete general education courses at an accelerated rate through team-taught courses covering two knowledge areas. .

The Jumpstart Program is an Integrated General Education program that allows students to take all of their freshman general education classes within one year, with each course centered around a theme or idea. Themes change semester to semester and different professors from various disciplines teach students’ general education courses for the year.

By taking advantage of the Jumpstart program, students are given the opportunity to see a variety of courses and disciplines all at once in a controlled environment. The Jumpstart program is an excellent way to complete general education courses and to find a focus area that interests students, making declaring a major an easier task.

Please speak with an advisor for more program information.

Prior Learning Assessment

The Prior Learning Assessment, or PLA, is an opportunity for students to receive up to 15 upper-division elective credits based on personal experience.

By taking this course, students will be able to turn their own experience and expertise into credit towards their bachelor’s degree based on both the value of their experience and their ability to draw connections between that experience and their education. The PLA is an online course available to all admitted SUU students.

Three Year Degree Program

Announced in early 2019, SUU’s three year degree program offers students a unique opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree in just three years.

By expanding SUU’s summer semester, both in length and in the options of available classes, students are able to complete a bachelor’s degree in a shorter time period, allowing students more time to explore their options outside of the university.

With a three year degree, students now have more time to travel, begin a graduate program, jumpstart their career, or do whatever they have planned for their future in a more timely manner. SUU is currently offering over half of their degrees in the three year program, and more degrees are being added to expedite the education process.

Not only does the three year degree program allow for students to finish their bachelor’s degree sooner, they are also able to do so in a more cost-effective manner. SUU has reduced out of state tuition for their summer semester, so students are able to take their summer classes at a more relaxed price.

Learn more about earning a degree in three years.

Whether students are looking to begin a career, start a family, or continue their education in a graduate program sooner, SUU has endless opportunities for students to complete their degree at the pace that best fits their schedule. For information about degrees and enrollment options, visit SUU Admissions.

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