Adult Students - 5 Ways to Earn a Degree Faster

A 2017 CCU graduate is posing for a photo at CCU's Commencement.

Many adults interested in going back to school have a lot of concerns, and one of the biggest is how long it takes to earn a degree. Since the majority of adults have a full-time job and other responsibilities, the thought of being committed to a degree program for any amount of time between one and four years is stressful.

Whether you're interested in finishing your bachelor's degree or adding a master's, Colorado Christian University offers many ways adult students can graduate sooner than expected.

Here are 5 ways to save time while earning a degree:

Take courses online.

If you have a job or don't have much extra time during the day, taking college courses on campus might not be the best option for you. A solution to this problem is taking courses online! CCU offers most bachelor's and master's degrees online, giving you the opportunity to study and complete assignments when it's most convenient for you.

Stay enrolled full-time.

The thought of becoming a full-time student as an adult might not sound ideal, but you can save time and money if you take courses back-to-back. At CCU, most programs allow students to take one course at a time, and most classes are only five weeks long.

Receive prior learning credit.

If you have post-high school personal or professional work experience, it may be eligible for college credit. For students seeking an associate degree, you can earn up to 45 credits, and bachelor's degree students can earn up to 75 credits.

Transfer accredited college credits.

If you've taken any courses from an accredited college or university, these courses might be eligible to transfer into a degree program at CCU. Associate degree students can transfer up to 45 credits, and bachelor's degree students can transfer up to 90 credits.

Apply and enroll right away.

If you're contemplating going back to school, look into your options, talk with an enrollment counselor about your concerns, and get started. The longer you wait to apply, the longer it'll take to graduate.


We're here to help answer all your questions! Contact an enrollment counselor today: 303.963.3311

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