THREE YEAR DEGREE PROGRAM
Discuss the Three-Year Degree Plan with Your Academic Advisor
The Three-Year Degree Plan is a challenging academic endeavor to undertake and may require students to commit to a choice of major in the freshman year. Students interested in pursuing the Three-Year Degree Plan should consult with their academic advisors in each semester prior to scheduling any courses. Academic advisors will be able to advise students on the courses to take in each semester to ensure that their course schedules fit the Three-Year Degree Plan. Advisors will also discuss with students whether the Three-Year Degree Plan is appropriate for the student and available for the student's desired major.
Students and academic advisors should consider the following factors as they discuss the option of the student pursuing or continuing to pursue the Three-Year Degree Plan:
- ACT/SAT score
- High school grade point average and rank
- Outside employment commitments
- Recommended college credits to take within a semester
- Lipscomb University grade point average
- Academic commitment and motivation of the individual student
Because course scheduling is of utmost importance in successfully completing the Three-Year Degree Plan, freshman students admitted to Lipscomb in a semester other than the fall semester may find course scheduling a challenge under the Three-Year Degree Plan. This is because some majors may have required courses offered in a sequence that begins in the fall semester when the vast majority of freshman students enter the program. As such, in some majors, freshman admits in spring and summer may not be able to follow the Three-Year Degree Plan course schedule due to conflicts with these sequenced courses. However, academic advisors will work with students as best they can to accomplish the Three-Year Degree Plan where possible.
Notify the Office of Academic Advising
Immediately after their first academic advising session, students seeking to complete their degree within three years should notify Rob Mossack, Director of Academic Advising, of their intent to complete the Three-Year Degree Plan. Students can do this by completing the Three-Year Degree Plan online enrollment form. Students will be asked to supply their name, Lnumber, contact information, major, anticipated graduation date, and academic advisor's name. Students should direct any questions to Rob Mossack, Director of Academic Advising, at AcademicAdvising@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.6297.
Schedule Your Classes Following the Three-Year Degree Plans
Each semester students following the Three-Year Degree Plan should consult with their academic advisors and register for classes in accordance with the department's Three-Year Degree Plan for the selected major.
Qualify and Apply for the $1,000 Voucher
During the student's 5th consecutive semester as a full-time student at Lipscomb (including summers), students pursuing the Three-Year Degree Plan who meet the criteria below should apply for the $1,000 voucher by completing the online Three-Year Degree Plan Voucher Application (see below). Students should direct any questions to Rob Mossack, Director of Academic Advising, at AcademicAdvising@lipscomb.edu or 615.966.6297.
To qualify for the Three-Year Degree Plan $1,000 voucher, students must
- have been enrolled as a full-time student at Lipscomb for 5 consecutive semesters, including summer terms
- have earned a minimum of 78 credit hours at Lipscomb during the last 5 consecutive semesters as a full-time student (not including dual enrollment and AP courses)
- be enrolled as a full-time student and pass a minimum of 12 hours during the 6th consecutive semester, including summer terms
- have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5
- be on track to graduate within 36 months from when the student first enrolled at Lipscomb
Students meeting these criteria qualify to receive the $1,000 voucher during their 6th consecutive semester (or later semester if the student so chooses) as a full-time student. The $1,000 Three-Year Degree Program Voucher may be applied to tuition, room and board, or Lipscomb University-
sponsored global learning travel courses during a semester when the student is enrolled as a full-time student. The $1,000 Three-Year Degree Program Voucher can be applied on a one time basis at 50% ($500) during a semester when the student is enrolled for less than 12 credit hours.
Students who do not meet each of these criteria will not qualify for the $1,000 voucher and forfeit all rights to any voucher already applied to the student's account.
Graduate in Three Years!
Congratulations! Your hard work now pays off as you can join the workforce in your career of choice or enter a graduate program a year earlier than most students.