So you want to graduate faster? Here’s how.

Do you want to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree in lightning speed? It’s doable.  

It’ll take some careful planning, and you may need to skip winter or summer break. But if you can speed ahead, you’ll save money on your education and jump into your chosen career sooner.  

Read on to drive full speed toward your diploma.  


lightbulb as rocketAccelerate your coursework 

Many universities today offer accelerated online and evening courses, and Regis University is no exception. Designed for working adults, these courses allow students to take one 8-week class at a time. In many cases, students are able to graduate with their master’s degree in one to two years and under three years with their bachelor’s, according to J.T. Smith, Regis’ associate director of Admissions. 

“While the classes are accelerated and students are doing more work, they’re focused on one thing and getting that knocked out before moving on to the next class,” said Smith. “It works well for a lot of people.” 


lightbulb as puzzleTransfer students come in strong 

If you’re returning to college with some coursework under your belt, you’re in luck: Depending on the program, Regis will accept up to 87 credits transferred from an accredited community college. That means an associate’s degree can lead quickly to a bachelor’s degree.  

Make those credit hours go farther by starting sooner: Talk with a Regis Admissions counselor at the same time you begin your community college education.  

“Talking with Regis as soon as possible helps keep a student on the right track by ensuring they take the classes that transfer,” Smith said. “You’ll lessen your anxiety, too, if you have a clear vision for your academic career.”  

Need some help? Regis provides a guide for transfer students. 


lightbulb as target with arrowMilitary and work experience may transfer into credits 

Regis grants college credit for military education and training. For select programs, you can earn college credit for other experience and prior learning outside the classroom through Prior Learning Assessments and Testing. Regis accepts American Council on Education (ACE) credits for select programs.  



lightbulb as pencilTest out of coursework 

Want to go even faster? Test out of some classes. Another guide lists the passing scores for approved Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college coursework. Learn more about transferring credit. 



lightbulb as ideaDon’t wait — start now 

Want to go to college? Start now.  

“A lot of students are waiting for the perfect time to pursue a degree, but there’s never a perfect time,” Smith said. “If you want to get it done, the best thing you can do is to start now.”  



lightbulb representing self-careTake care of yourself, too 

Another reason to speak with an admissions counselor? To avoid burnout. While taking a long break is not advised, neither is moving so quickly that you don’t enjoy your college experience.  

“We talk about cura personalis at Regis — care for the entire person — and we really mean it,” Smith said. “We advocate being attentive to your personal needs throughout the length of your academic career.”  

Interested in learning more about Regis’ generous transfer policy and financial aidLearn how your education is within reach with our transfer affordability guide and contact an Admissions counselor to develop a plan fit for your goals. 

Curious about becoming a Regis Ranger?

We believe that every individual has their own personal and professional goals. Let our admissions counselors work with you to understand your needs and get you the answers you're looking for.


Phone: 303.458.4900
Toll free: 800.944.7667




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