Three-Year Degree

Worried about student loan debt? Want to begin graduate school in short order or jump start your career? If so, Hiram College’s 3-year accelerated bachelor’s degree program is for you.

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get in, get focused, Move on

The three-year degree option allows you to get in, get focused, and get on to the next exciting phase of your life. Hiram’s three-year programs are completed in nine semesters: three fall semesters, three spring semesters and three summer semesters. Students can earn an undergraduate degree in three years, and with our reduced summer tuition, save more than $25,000 off a 4-year degree

Graduating early means starting your career faster. According to CollegeScorecard, Hiram grads who enter the workforce earn an average income of $37,000 – so, after saving a year of tuition and entering the workforce a year earlier, your total financial advantage may be $63,000 or more.

Although challenging, the Hiram 3-year program won’t be all work and no play. Hiram students can find time to play a sport, join a club, and engage fully in campus life. Additionally, all Hiram students complete an internship, undertake a guided research project, or participate in a study abroad trip.

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The 3-year degree programs have no special admission requirements. Students must maintain good academic standing (i.e. no probation or suspension) during their time as a Hiram student to remain on the pathway.

Hiram College has agreements with many other institutions of higher education and is able to accept a variety of credits from accredited institutions. Students should work with the Hiram College Registrar’s Office to better determine credit eligibility.

Financial aid is critical to the ability for most students to attend College. Hiram’s financial aid counselors will work with each student to develop a financial aid package to help meet individual needs. Because the 3-year degree program includes summer sessions, Hiram’s financial aid counselors will explain how each specific plan will meet the needs of a 3-year degree.

In order to ensure that a student can complete a degree in 3-years, Hiram College will ensure that courses are available to meet the need of each 3-year degree program. Students must work with an advisor to ensure that courses meeting the specific degree pathway are selected each term in order to stay compliant with the guarantee.

Hiram recognizes that some student may elect to move away from the 3-year program during the course of their studies, or may elect to stay on for a fourth year to complete an additional degree or minor area of study. Students should consult with an academic advisor and financial aid counselor to develop a plan of action to meet their needs.

Each 3-year degree program is set up differently to ensure a student can complete the program in a 3-year period. Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine which minors more easily pair with individual majors. Due to the condensed timeline, students may be unable to double major without extending the completion period.

Through Hiram Connect, students are guaranteed a course of reflective learning that ensures they have the opportunity to complete a hands-on learning opportunity, whether it is an internship, study abroad or guided research project. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to ensure that the hands-on component is part of their 3-year schedule.

In order to complete the program in three years, students must declare their interest in the 3-year program before their first academic year begins. Due to the condensed nature of the program, students already on the 4-year track will not be eligible to change to the 3-year program.

Hiram’s summer classes are extremely flexible. Held on nights and weekends, Hiram summer classes are a blend of online and in-person classes that only meet on campus every other week, allowing for maximum flexibility.

Both summer housing and meal plans are available for 3-year students during the summer.