- I am entering Florida State with a large number of credit hours. Does this guarantee an accelerated path to a degree?
While all programs require completion of the Liberal Studies curriculum, each program’s requirements vary in prerequisites and major coursework. Your incoming credits will be evaluated to see how (and whether) they apply to Liberal Studies and major requirements. This will determine whether acceleration is possible. Although credits from the sources listed above will transfer to Florida State University, those credits may not help to fulfill the requirements for your degree. For example, you may enter the university with college credits in a foreign language, however, those credits will not significantly advance progress toward a degree if 1) your program does not require foreign language and/or 2) your program does not require elective course work.
- I am interested in accelerating my degree. What should I consider in making this decision?
To accelerate, you will need to know early what major you want to complete and must take appropriate course work, possibly even while in high school. Most students on this three-year track will not be able to explore alternative majors, so knowledge about and confidence in your chosen major is critical. You should also thoughtfully plan your degree completion with consideration to engagement outside the classroom, such as participation in research, internships, study abroad, membership in student clubs, and service learning, as well as eligibility for admission to graduate programs.
- I want to accelerate my degree. What are my next steps?
Students interested in this opportunity should meet with an academic advisor
regarding coursework and academic planning. Academic advisors can provide guidance and support considering major requirements, engagement on campus, and long-term goals as it pertains to accelerating your degree. Regular advising in your academic division throughout your academic career will help ensure timely completion of all requirements. If you are committed to the three-year track, Florida State University offers the Degree in Three program
. Degree in Three, housed in the Graduation Planning and Strategies Office, provides the assistance of a graduation specialist who will support you in discussing your short- and long-term educational and engagement goals.