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Transylvania unveils three-year degree option: Accelerate 

Students in caps and gowns at the 2023 commencement ceremony.
A group photo of Transylvania students wearing graduation caps and gown.

Incoming students at Transylvania University can now embark on a faster path to graduation with the launch of Accelerate. This initiative, starting in fall 2024, allows motivated students to complete their degrees in just three years.

Designed for focused learners

Accelerate is ideal for students who are eager to graduate sooner and enter the workforce or pursue further education. The program recognizes prior college-level achievements, including dual credit courses, alongside Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits. This ensures students receive credit for past learning, allowing them to progress on a compressed timeline.

“We know that some high school students complete a significant amount of college-level work,” said Rebecca Thomas, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the university. “The Accelerate program lets these students take maximum advantage of what they have already accomplished, while still having the rigorous academic experience that Transylvania University is known for.”

Transylvania’s Accelerate personalizes your pathway to success

Whether through dual credit, AP or IB programs, students will collaborate with their admissions counselor and a dedicated dual credit adviser to apply their existing credits toward various Transylvania graduation requirements. Each student’s plan is individually tailored to ensure a smooth three-year graduation path.

In today’s cost-conscious environment, Accelerate offers a potential financial benefit.  By granting earlier access to career and postgraduate opportunities, the program may reduce overall educational costs by minimizing semesters spent in the classroom.  While these students will choose a heavier course load, the trade-off is a quicker timeline to degree completion.

Academic excellence remains uncompromised

Accelerate condenses the time to graduation without sacrificing the academic excellence of a Transylvania education. Students fulfill all current requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree and complete the same total number of courses as those on a traditional four-year track.

While Accelerate lets students graduate in three years, life happens. Students may decide to add a second major to their degree plan or opt to spend a semester studying abroad. For situations like these, Transylvania’s scholarship and financial aid programs remain flexible — so that students can choose to stay for a fourth year if their plans change.

Learn more about Accelerate

Ready to fast-track your future? Learn more about Accelerate at Transylvania. Discover if it’s the right fit for you. Visit transy.edu/accelerate to explore the details and take the first step toward a faster path to success.