Three-Year Accelerated Degree Program

“The three-year accelerated program is a great way for a motivated student to earn a bachelor of arts in a shorter span of time, particularly for those who enter Hollins with AP or dual enrollment credits.”

Michael Gettings
Associate Vice President for Student Success

Through Hollins’ accelerated degree program, you’ll:

  • Save on tuition and other college expenses
  • Get the same world-class liberal arts and sciences education – including internships, research opportunities, study abroad, and leadership training
  • Graduate in three years instead of four

“Because I graduated high school early with IB credits, it was an easy transition to the three-year program. I have been able to do everything I have wanted to do and more. Plus, I can apply to graduate school and potential jobs that much sooner!”

Amber Hilbish ’20
Psychology major

Sample Three-Year Program

Here’s an example of how you can earn a bachelor of arts* degree in three years. Students may reduce the number of credits needed per term by applying dual enrollment, AP, or IB credits.

Fall Term Short Term Spring Term
Year 1 18 credits Yes 22 credits
Year 2 22 credits Yes 22 credits
Year 3 22 credits Yes 22 credits

*Additional credits per term are required to earn a bachelor of science or to double major in three years.

 Is the Three-Year Accelerated Program for Me?

Your first-year advisor can help you organize your time and ensure you meet all of your degree requirements in three years.

  • Available to first-time, first-year students
  • You can apply dual enrollment, AP, and IB credits
  • You must maintain a 3.25 GPA your first year, elect a major during the second semester, and successfully complete no fewer than 40 academic credits
  • You must earn at least a 3.00 GPA by the conclusion of the three-year program and take a course load of around 44 credits each year

“During my first year at Hollins, I worked closely with my advisor to develop a plan to pursue a career in psychology. After thoughtful consideration, we refined my plan of action so I could achieve my dreams in three years.”

Hinza Malik ’21
Psychology major


Contact Michael Gettings, our associate vice president for student success. If you’re a current Hollins student, please speak with your advisor.