Students entering Florida State University as first-semester freshmen who have completed substantial college-level coursework (30 hours or more) may be able to complete some of Florida State’s degree programs in three years or less. Students in this group typically have earned course credit through:
- Credit “by examination” resulting from successful scores on Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams
- Credit for college or university course work completed in concurrent enrollment during high school, including course work completed through dual-enrollment programs
Completing required coursework during summer sessions may also shorten time to degree.
Some students hesitate to graduate in three years because they want to ensure they have the complete college experience. Florida State offers ways for accelerated students to extend their experience on campus.
- Combined Degree Programs – Florida State students have the opportunity to take graduate courses while still an undergraduate student by participating in a Combined Degree Program. For students who qualify academically, these programs can shorten the time to earn a Master’s degree.
- FSU College of Law 3+3 Program – For students pursuing a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, the 3+3 program allows Florida State students to apply to the FSU College of Law after completing their undergraduate degree requirements and earning at least 90 credit hours. Upon successful completion of the first year of law school, the 30 credits earned will be counted toward the undergraduate degree, sufficient to complete university requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
- Graduate School at FSU – Florida State University offers an extensive range of graduate and professional programs. Graduate education at FSU includes over 121 degree programs at the master’s level, 24 degree programs at the specialist level and 78 degree programs at the doctoral level.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am entering Florida State with a large number of credit hours. Does this guarantee an accelerated path to a degree?
- I am interested in accelerating my degree. What should I consider in making this decision?
- I want to accelerate my degree. What are my next steps?