Many students will take any measure possible to complete their Bachelor’s Degree in the socially accepted four year time span. This could involve anything from over-packing a semester with credits to taking summer classes. The decision generally has more to do with the money factor than anything else. College is expensive, and many students have to take out loans. Since loans accrue interest, it can really hurt a student’s pocket even more to stay for an entire year extra. It could be the difference between a $60,000 sum of loans and an $80,000 amount. (This amount is estimated assuming that the student is going to a SUNY school and living on campus.)
The ability to graduate on time is not the only reason students may take as many classes as possible. The cost of college could also influence a student’s motivation to graduate early. In fact, many students see their windows of opportunity to graduate early and save money. The problem with this is that many employers tend to see fresh-out-of-college students as inexperienced and too young.
What is considered packing classes into a semester’s schedule? Students are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits. There are exceptions, though. With permission from the Dean, students can take up to 21 credits a semester. Those three extra credits can really add up over three or four years.
As easy at it sounds, it can be challenging to achieve this. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) requires that most students take at least one Physical Education class. Unfortunately, these classes aren’t worth credits. It is classes like these that can make packing a student’s schedule difficult. The class still takes up time in the student’s schedule, but nothing is earned except the fulfillment of the degree requirement.
Students who live in the Rochester area and go away to college utilize the colleges at home for accelerating graduation (or even keeping it on track). Monroe Community College (MCC) is a popular choice for summer classes. The tuition is affordable and it’s close to a lot of the larger suburbs (and the city) of Rochester.
No matter what their reasons are, many students are becoming motivated to finish college on time or even early. Whether students are motivated by money or lifetime goals, they are finding ways to get results. Summer classes can be a blessing for those who may have failed classes in previous semesters. They can really keep a student on track, especially if they have an intensive major that requires a lot of classes for the degree requirements.