The university is launching UNCG in 3, a new initiative that will allow highly motivated students to graduate in just three years.
The program 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,” says 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 in fall 2010. The program, which was announced today at a news conference, addresses the UNC Tomorrow goals for expanding educational opportunities, and is included in the UNCG Strategic Plan 2009-2014.
Students enrolled in UNCG in 3 are 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;
“Thanks to programs like NC Learn and Earn, Early College and UNCG’s iSchool, more entering freshmen have earned 12 hours of college credit before they start college. UNCG in 3 is designed to allow those highly motivated students to continue their accelerated progress,” said Continual Learning Dean Robert M. Brown.
UNCG in 3 will be starting with the following degree programs: Accounting, African-American Studies, Business Administration, Communications Studies, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Finance, German, History, Information Systems and Operations Management, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Languages and Russian.
Admitted first-year students can visit the web site uncgin3.uncg.edu. They can declare their interest when they apply to UNCG, when they accept, or when they attend the summer Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program.
If a first-year student enters UNCG with 12 credits, and takes enough credits over the next three years, the savings would be approximately $8,000 – a 22 percent savings in tuition, fees, room and board over a four-year program.
Here’s how it works – the student would need to take and pass at least 16 credits each fall and spring plus seven credits each for two summer sessions. The savings assumes that the student would 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. That year, 59 first-year students entered with credits from UNCG iSchool, joining 139 continuing students with iSchool credit. Those students with at least 12 credits would have a broader range of degree programs than students entering with no credit because they would have completed almost a full semester of course work. UNCG also looked at other three-year degree programs, including those at Bates College, Hartwick College, Ball State University, Southern Oregon University, Florida State University and Lipscomb University.
Additional coverage of this announcement can be found on a New York Times blog, The Choice.
Visual: Promotional, fun 3-D glasses were part of the announcement program on Monday.