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Degree in 3: Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I complete my degree in three years?

How do I know if this program is right for me?

What majors can I complete in three years?

Will completing my degree in three years save me money?

Will this program help me start graduate or professional school sooner?

When should I begin the Degree in 3 Program?

How many courses will I need to take each semester?

How many classes will I need to take in the summer?

What if I fail or drop a course?

What if I can't get a course I need?

My degree program requires an internship. When will I complete it?

My degree program has admission criteria. Will I still need to meet the criteria?

Who will be my academic advisor?

Can I take part in the study abroad program or other special programs?

Will the program affect my financial aid or scholarships?

I've earned Advanced Placement credits. Would this program be good for me?

I'm not set on my major and think I might change it. Should I sign up for Degree in 3?

What if I sign up for Degree in 3 but decide later that I want to take more time to earn my degree?

How do I sign up for the program?

Whom should I contact if I have questions?


Why should I complete my degree in three years? 
Degree in 3 enables you to complete your degree in less time, allowing you to begin your career or graduate studies sooner. The program can help families and students offset the cost of a college education by somewhat reducing direct costs, and through the time they save, students can increase their lifetime earnings by up to one year's salary.

How do I know if this program is right for me?
Degree in 3 is best suited for students who are focused on a major or career, have earned advanced college credit, or are eager to begin their careers or enter graduate school quickly. You must be ready to select a major and enter the program during your first semester at Ball State.

Will completing my degree in three years save me money?
Students in Degree in 3 complete eight semesters of study just like traditional students, so tuition costs will be comparable. Savings are possible in the areas of housing, incidentals, and travel. We estimate students in Degree in 3 will save a few thousand dollars over the course of their studies.

However, by earning a degree in less time you enter the workforce sooner and add another year's salary to your lifetime earnings. It's almost like giving yourself a scholarship or hiring bonus.

Will this program help me start graduate or professional school sooner? 
Degree in 3 will allow you to earn a bachelor's degree in three years, so you will be able to begin graduate, medical, or law school sooner than if you earned your degree in the traditional time frame.

When should I begin Degree in 3?
You should begin Degree in 3 during your first semester. It is best to begin the program in the summer or fall semester, but in some cases, you may be able to begin the program in the spring.

How many courses will I need to take each semester?
All degree programs require at least 126 credit hours to earn a bachelor's degree, so you will need to take 15-18 credit hours each semester, including summer, to graduate in three years.

If you are interested in the program, indicate your interest on your application for admission or when you select your preferred dates for attending Ball State's orientation program.

In the spring, students admitted to the fall freshman class receive an invitation from the orientation office to select their preferred summer orientation dates. Indicate your interest in Degree in 3 when you select your dates. During orientation, each incoming freshman meets with an academic advisor to schedule classes. At this meeting, make sure you remind your advisor of your interest in Degree in 3 and ask questions about your schedule and course requirements. To stay on track, you need to begin the program during your first semester.

How many classes will I need to take in the summer?
Ball State offers courses during summer semester (10 weeks) or during first or second summer session (five weeks each). You will take a full load of classes during the summer, approximately 15-18 credit hours. For example, you may take 6 credit hours during the first session and 9 credit hours during the second session, depending on when classes are offered.

What if I fail or drop a course?
Because the course plan is fairly structured, dropping a course or failing and having to retake a course can hamper your chances of completing your degree in three years.

What if I can't get a course I need?
Your academic advisor will work with you to ensure you are able to get the courses you need. If a course is not available during a particular semester, your advisor will work with you to adjust your course plan so you stay on track. 

My degree program requires an internship. When will I complete it?
Students complete internships at different times in their studies depending on their majors. Often students complete internships during their last semester at Ball State or during the summer following their senior year. Your academic advisor can advise you on when would be the best time to complete an internship.

My degree program has admission criteria. Will I still need to meet the criteria?
Students in Degree in 3 are required to meet all admission and progression criteria for academic programs such as business and nursing. You will also need to maintain the grade point average required by your program area.

Who will be my academic advisor?
Each freshman is assigned a professional academic advisor from the Office of Academic Advising. Your professional advisor will continue to work with you after you achieve sophomore standing and are assigned a faculty advisor from your department of study, providing extra support. Your academic advisor will actively monitor your progress toward the degree and help you work out scheduling conflicts.

Students who are not in the Degree in 3 Program are assigned a faculty advisor after they reach sophomore standing. 

Can I take part in the study abroad program or other special programs?
It is possible that you may be able to take part in special academic programs offered by Ball State and take part in Degree in 3. However, every situation is different and not all opportunities will be compatible, so talk with your academic advisor to see how the program will fit in your plan of study.

Will the program affect my financial aid or scholarships?
Each student's financial aid package is different. Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for individualized answers to your questions related to financial aid. 

I've earned Advanced Placement credits. Would this program be good for me?
Advanced Placement credits give all students a jump start on their college careers and can be especially helpful for students in Degree in 3. If you are focused on a major or career and eager to graduate, the program might be a good fit for you. Learn more about Advanced Placement and other college credit.

I'm not set on my major and think I might change it. Should I sign up for the Degree in 3 Program?
Because of the structured plan of study required to meet degree requirements within a set time frame, changing majors can make it difficult or impossible to complete a degree in three years. If you are not set on a major, a traditional plan of study would give you more time to explore majors and careers to find the best fit for you.

What if I sign up for Degree in 3 but decide later that I want to take more time to earn my degree?
You won't be penalized for dropping out of Degree in 3. If you decide the program isn't right for you, tell your advisor assigned through the Office of Academic Advising. If you are no longer in the program, you will be assigned an advisor appropriate for your major and class standing.

How do I sign up for the program?
Indicate your interest on your application for admission.

Whom should I contact if I have questions? 
If you have questions about the Degree in 3 Program or scheduling, contact the Office of Academic Advising. For information about financial aid or scholarships, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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