Accelerated Baccalaureate Program
More Info for Prospective Students
Ryan Anderson, an Accelerated Baccalaureate student, was named the Outstanding Male Undergraduate at SOU’s 2013 commencement. Ryan earned his degree in Economics in just three years, and graduated with a 3.98 GPA.
Sohana Bakshi from India is headed to graduate school a year ahead of her peers thanks to SOU’s Accelerated Baccalaureate Program
Sample Student Profile
Let's meet Chelsea.* Chelsea graduated 21st in her class of 142 graduating seniors from Southwest High School in Oregon. She had a high school GPA of 3.69 and scored 1250 on her SATs. Chelsea’s high school course work included AP classes and language courses; she also took extra science and an Honors literature class. She made honorable mention all-conference soccer her senior year and played in the band for three years.
At SOU, Chelsea continues to be involved. She takes the usual full load of 16 credits per term (just like her friends) and plays intramural soccer with a couple of high school buddies and several new girls she has met in college. She has a part-time job and works ten hours per week to help pay for school. She plans to study abroad next year during the fall term and has worked out a schedule of classes with her academic advisor to make sure she will have the courses she needs to graduate in only three years. And like most SOU students, she plans on completing an internship her senior year to help put academic theory into real-world practice.
Chelsea is a girl with a goal. She plans on graduating with a degree in Communication in three years and work for three years before returning to college for her master’s degree. She has a normal course load, a job, a boyfriend, is involved in intramural sports... and has a written contract with SOU that says she can graduate in three years.
Can you relate to Chelsea? Are you a good student? Do you already know what you want to major in in college? If so, then maybe the Acc Bacc is for you. If you qualify for the Acc Bacc program, you could save an entire year and cost of college.
If you start classes at SOU as an Acc Bacc student and then decide it’s not for you, no problem... you become a four-year student like everybody else. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
*Chelsea is a composite of Accelerated Baccalaureate students.
Reviews from Acc Bacc Students
"I was attracted to the Acc Bacc because it allowed me apply prior learning experience towards a degree. I knew exactly what to major in, I wanted to complete my degree quickly and efficiently. This program was ideal for me."
"Three-year baccalaureate students save a full year of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Its a significant selling point of the program to those with financial concerns."
"I think that the program is wonderful but everyone should be aware that it is not a shortcut out of college. It is a lot of hard work and discipline and if you are up to it, it can be a wonderful experience!"
"I thought that this would be a really exciting program to be a part of, and I have always worked better when I could tailor my own education, rather than following the book like everyone else does."
"I am so glad that I was accepted into the program. I am really happy here now and I could not ask for a better program. I almost feel like this program was designed especially for me because it suits my needs so well."
"I realized that I learn the best when I am allowed to structure my own education, and therefore, I love the three-year baccalaureate program at SOU."
"The greatest factor regarding the SOU Acc Bacc program would have to be the open-ended opportunities it provides to participants. As a self-supporting student, in many aspects, I found it very encouraging to enter into this program as a "budget-cutter"--as an entire year of tuition was cut from my college expenses. I am provided with much support from my advisors as they are willing to help me in any way regarding just about anything!"
"One of the things that surprised me was the ease and ability of talking with an advisor and deciding what classes I would need to take. He knew exactly what was going on and lined out my classes for throughout my college career from day one. It was extremely nice knowing exactly what I needed to take and approximately when I needed to take them."