Squeezing college into 3 years, is it worth it?

By Amanda Lavergne

If you could save $40,000 by cutting out just one year of college, would you do it? Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY offers a program that does just that.

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In an article in The New York Times by Tamar Lewin, it stated that the college offers students the option to complete school in three years yet they would still earn the standard amount of credits. Students would take 18 credits in the fall and spring and four in the winter, leaving the summer open for internships and jobs.

“Personally, I think that it would be a great idea just to save money,” said sophomore Amy Tillotson. “But in a way I feel like you would be cutting your college experience short and you wouldn’t give yourself enough time to just be young and not have to worry about a job and things like that.”

The article also states that the program will only be offered to students who had a GPA of 3.0 of higher in high school and it will only be offered in 22 of the college’s 31 programs.

However, the article also points out that; “Some schools that considered the three-year approach have encountered strong resistance from faculty – or little interest from students. At Upper Iowa University, for example, a three-year option created about five years ago remains on the books, although only five students signed up for it and not one actually finished a degree in three years.”

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Marist has five year programs for specific majors that allow them to obtain their Master’s degree in just one extra year. Computer science majors who have a focus on either software development or information systems have the option to do this as well as psychology majors.

Geena Giaramita, a sophomore and a psychology/special education major feels that by having or taking part in a three year program would be a mistake.

“For me I feel that by doing a 3-year program you would just be short-changing yourself,” said Giaramita. “I think that when you get to college you need to experience it fully and not have to stress about finishing it early and going out to find a job.”

However, some students feel that it would be a smart option, such as senior Jessica Green.

“If I had the option I think that I might have done a three year program,” said Green. “Just because I know that I am going to be in so much debt from loans once I graduate from Marist.”

For more information on this topic, please check out the following websites: http://www.hartwick.edu/x26227.xml and http://www.cnbc.com/id/29367178/.

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