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March 2010

Take three

UNCG has a new initiative that will allow highly motivated students to graduate in just three years.

The program, called UNCG in 3, is designed for the growing number of high school seniors who enter the university with transferable college credit earned through advanced placement (AP), UNCG iSchool or other early college programs. Incoming freshmen with 12 or more credit hours will be eligible to participate.

“UNCG in 3 is perfect for students who are eager to earn a degree and get on with other life goals,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “They can pursue a graduate degree, get a jump start on a career or even use what they save in tuition to launch their own business.”

The first UNCG in 3 students will start this fall and will be able to save up to $8,000 in tuition, fees, room and board. They will earn the same high-quality degree UNCG typically offers, but at an accelerated pace by taking classes year-round. The university will provide both priority advisor support and priority scheduling to ensure that all degree requirements are met.

The program's goals are to decrease the cost of obtaining a degree for students and their families and to recruit highly talented and highly motivated students to UNCG. The program also addresses the UNC Tomorrow goals for expanding educational opportunities and is included in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014.

UNCG in 3 will start with the following degree programs: accounting, African-American studies, business administration, communication studies, economics, elementary education, English, entrepreneurship, finance, German, history, information systems and operations management, political science, psychology, religious studies, romance languages and Russian.

Here's how it works. Students need to take and pass at least 16 credits each fall and spring plus seven credits each for two summer sessions. The estimated $8,000 in savings assumes that the student will take the summer courses online.

In planning the program, UNCG surveyed its own student body. In fall 2009, 526 freshmen entered UNCG with AP credits, with 92 students holding 12 or more. At the same time, 59 first-year students entered with credits from UNCG iSchool, joining 139 continuing students with iSchool credit.

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