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Old 07-19-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I was driving down the road today and I saw a billboard that had an advertisement for ECPI College of Technology's Zero to Bachelor's in 2.5 program.

I had to pull off the side of the road and park my car because I was laughing so hard.

In 2.5 years you can go from having zero debt to having 50K worth of debt with a worthless degree making minimum wage...hahahaha
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Well, in 2.5 years I had completed all the requirements for my major and all my gen ed classes and was only a few credits shy of the required credits for graduation- I didn't have any requirements left to fulfil, I just needed to take some fluff classes to have the required number of classes. Of course, my scholarship covered me for four years and I decided to complete a second major and minor, but I theoretically could have graduated in 2.5 years from a great school if I'd taken some extra PE classes.

It's not impossible, it just depends on what the school's requirements are and what the course load is.

Now, whether anyone thinks a diploma from this school is worth the paper it's written on is another story . . .
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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Yeah, 2.5 is not that big of deal depending on the degree. I was looking into accelerated programs after I had completed my Associates degree (which only took 18 months). Would have only taken another 18. If I had a more relevent associates degree I could have gotten my 4 year even quicker. Value/debt is another story

There are students that do double BS degrees in 4 years. If you could get the classes scheduled, and are crazy, you could do a BS in 2.5. Even my school had a semester in summer, so 2.5 years is ~7 semesters. So that is roughly 18/19 credits per semester. So a full time student can take 17/semester during the day (not unusual), and take a blow-off class or two at night. Stupid/crazy, but it could theoretically be done
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: 20 years from now
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I guess it all depends on how many credits you need to graduate. Personally I'd avoid it like the plague if it doesn't have the traditional route of a 4 year degree program. Generally the only programs that garner respect from employers and grad schools are institutions that do grant 4 year bachelor degrees. The exceptions are schools abroad (UK, Canada etc) which grant 3 year diplomas in many cases.


Edit: Just looked it up. It's a for-profit institution. Nuff said
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I could have easily received my BS in 2.5 years if I had the luxury of being a full time student with no job. Between splitting up classes at the CC and University, plus the lovely advent of online classes it would have been a piece of cake.

Unfortunately, I had to work full time +, so I was a part time student...but still finished my BS in 6 years, getting one AA and one AS along the way.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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It can be done ,there is nothing that I find funny about.It depends on the school .
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:41 AM
 
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Yes, it can be done but ECPI is for-profit school that is not highly respected among many companies or organizations.

You could do your own zero to bachelor's in 2.5 at a state-run university for half of the cost and headaches...
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