Utah’s Fastest & Most Flexible Degree Option

The 3-Year Bachelor Degree is an optional program for students to accelerate the traditional undergraduate process and enter the workforce earlier while still gaining the professional hands-on experiences needed for the job market. By reducing the amount of time needed to graduate, students not only save money but are able to enter the workforce a year earlier than planned.

SUU is the only university in the state offering a 3-year bachelor program, allowing students to graduate after taking courses for eight straight semesters - including summers.

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Save Time

Instead of spending your summers at home, you can shave off a year of your education and speed up your graduation. Plus, SUU’s robust summer life and job opportunities will provide you with a livable income and things to do outside of the classroom.


Save Money

By speeding up your graduation date, you are essentially trading two summers of a minimum wage job for a year of professional salary.


Start Your Career

The whole point of higher education is to set you on a path to success, not stand in your way. SUU’s 3-year degree option does just that, allowing you to enter the job market an entire year earlier, but still prepared for your career.

Expanded Summer Internship Opportunities

There are over 200 summer-exclusive on-campus jobs and internships available to students, providing major-related experience and livable income.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?
SUU will offer full class schedules in three equal, 14-week semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer. To finish a degree in three years, students will enroll in all three semesters during their first and second years at SUU. By taking all three semesters for the first two years, the 8 semesters can be completed in three years instead of four.
Is financial aid available?
Scholarships and waivers are offered for eight semesters at SUU rather than four academic years. Pell grants are also available for all three semesters. Students can also apply for State and Federal aid to further reduce the expense.
What advantages are there?
  • Finish your degree faster
  • Lower living expenses
  • Enter the workforce more quickly
  • More effective learning retention by not taking a long summer break
  • Greater work stability as a student
  • More efficient use of campus facilities

Podcast Episode

Episode 52 Transcript


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Deseret News: Get in, get done, get on with your life: Southern Utah University’s new 3-year degree

Imagine this — graduating with a bachelor’s degree in just three years instead of the traditional four. Southern Utah University is the only university in the state offering this innovative concept, allowing students to graduate after taking courses for eight straight semesters – including summers.

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ABC4: How to get a bachelor’s degree in only 3 years

The Utah Legislature and Governor Herbert tasked SUU to start-up an innovative program to give students more options to complete their degree. Meeting these expectations, SUU is now the first public university in the state to offer a 3-year undergraduate degree.

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The Spectrum: Graduate with a Bachelor's in three years? SUU launches new program for 2020

Southern Utah University is ending the decade on the cusp of launching a program that will allow students to complete their bachelor's degrees in just three years.

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KSL: SUU to launch 3-year bachelor’s degree pilot program

Completing an undergraduate degree in three years means students must be "fully engaged" in summer sessions following their freshman and sophomore years. Participation is voluntary, although SUU officials estimate half of incoming freshman will seek to complete their bachelor degrees in three years.

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