Colorado State University is excited to provide programs for students to graduate by the end of their third spring or summer term for select programs of study. Accelerated Programs typically include 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits over three summers. Students who enter CSU with prior credit (AP, IB, transfer, etc.) may use applicable courses to further accelerate their graduation. This includes students who began at a two-year Colorado institution following a CSU Statewide Agreement or a CSU Transfer Guide. Learn more about all of the Accelerated Programs offered here.
Accelerated Programs are available to new degree-seeking CSU students beginning fall 2020.
Interested students will meet with their Academic Support Coordinator to discuss whether an accelerated program is realistic and beneficial based on their life situation as well as academic and career goals. Students should also visit with staff in the Office of Financial Aid for additional options and resources. To declare their intent, students will complete the Accelerated Programs Agreement provided by their advisor. If at any time the student changes their mind, they will meet with their advisor to discuss taking more time for degree completion and, if using financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.
While pursuing Accelerated Programs has many benefits, there are also items to consider. Students who graduate in 3 or 3 ½ years will need to invest in summer tuition, fees, and related expenses, but may reduce their overall cost of attendance. The opportunity to enter a graduate or professional degree program or begin earning a professional salary earlier may enhance lifetime earnings.