How long did it take for you to graduate with a bachelors?

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  1. ksrunner

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    Current student studying Early Childhood and very curious because I feel like i'm very very behind.
     
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    Four years exactly. I took unnecessary classes though because they sounded fun (I'm weird), so I went in the summer too.
     
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    I took 6 years. One quarter of hardship withdrawal (personal reasons...but I rattled off tons of 4.0s after that...so I'm glad I did it), and then the fact that I was doing a mix of a BS in Mathematics, my K-8 teaching program, and a K-12 mathematics endorsement, which naturally pushed it a bit longer.
     
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    5 years with summer classes. I switched from Early Childhood to Elementary halfway through and it added a year...
     
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    5 1/2 years - it's the average for my college's education program, unless you take winter & summer classes, as they schedule necessary pre-reqs for student teaching at the same time, and only one of each course is scheduled a semester.
     
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    I took five years. I only went to summer school once. I took the minimum hours per semester and changed majors twice
     
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    Five years, if you count the semester course hours I had before I graduated HS.
    I had to work full time and I also took a lot of personal fulfillment classes, just for kicks. Had I not taken those classes I probably would have taken just under four years to complete.
     
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    Three years, with a double major in History and Economics.
     
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    4 years. I actually took more classes, because first I got my Associate's and then transferred, and also did all the coursework for a TESL certificate but never went through the whole thing :(.
    My first semester I only took 1 class because I wasn't even committed to college yet, and then in the summer I took another one. Even then it took me 4 years total because I took summer classes and quite a few semesters I overloaded with units.
     
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    3.5 years
     
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    3 1/2 years. I took some fun bull classes but also went during the summer. NOW it took me 3 1/2 years to get my masters. I only took one class a semester except my last semester- I took 2.
     
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    4 years

    I changed majors twice or it would have been less.
     
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    5 years going fall, winter, and spring. Never summer. I had a crappy adviser that told me to take 12 credit hours my freshman year. I didn't realize it was possible to take more. They also had me take classes that I didn't need. I ended up with an extra semester worth of credits. I should have finished in four.
     
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    I took four years but my husband took fifteen because he was running his own business and going to school part-time.
     
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    5 1/2 LONG years

    --no summer classes
    --advised to take the wrong classes
    --couldn't take more than the minimum for full time some semester

    BUT! I made it ;)

    Ask others and do research on the best path and classes to take. I was advised wrong before I transferred and ended up with extra classes, I had to pay a fine for having too many hours when I graduated!
     
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    4 years. Would have been 3, because I went into college with 30 credits, but I changed majors a pretty jaw-dropping 10 times.
     
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    4 years to complete my B.A. and my B.Ed concurrently.
     
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    4 years
     
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    4 years. My program was 4 1/2 years and I changed majors after my first semester. I was only able to graduate in 4 years because of going every summer and pretty much taking the maximum number of credit hours I could each semester.
     
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    I did it in 3 because I liked summer classes, but when my son went to college, I urged him to take his time, really explore all that being at college had to offer, and take courses that intrigued even if out of the major. He took 5. I missed school so much once I was out that within a year I was in grad school. I would take the scenic, longer route if I could have a do-over!
     
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    4 years, no summer school.
     
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    I completely understand!!! I went straight to grad school after undergrad and even seven years later, I still miss being in the classroom and learning. I wish I could afford to be a full-time student again.
     
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    Took me 8 years from when I first enrolled as a freshman to when I graduated, but only the first year was full time. The rest of the time I was either not taking classes or only taking them part-time and working. So glad to be done, though!
     
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    I do like taking a course at a time now, but sometimes it gets tiring with a full time job. I do use a lot of the online courses to explore subjects, concepts, that I will never study in great detail, but do interest me. I'm over 60 graduate credits now, and I do STILL love school. My folks said education was the one thing no one could ever take away from you, and I guess that stuck with me. ;)
     
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    10 years. I had to work full-time to pay for part-time school for many years. I also switched majors many times, and attended 6 different colleges during those 10 years. I also dropped out entirely for 2 years to move to Europe.

    I always tell my students that I'm the poster child for "It doesn't matter how long it takes as long as you get it done."
     
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    4 years with a BS in business

    My ed degree is a MS Ed for which I took two or three classes at a time
     
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    7 years.

    2007 -- I took a semester of general education here; another semester of pre-nursing there; withdrew from an university for a semester; decided to take a couple semesters at a nearby community college instead; transferred to a different university when it was clear I wanted a bachelors; changed my major to secondary education; graduated summa cum laude in 2013.
     
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    4 years with no summer classes, which seemed pretty typical for my classmates as well. My sped endorsement took up most of one semester (12 credit hours) and I also fit in a minor in Spanish (20 credit hours) an still had no problems finishing on time. However, out here people seem to take longer- I don't know if it's that CO is more "relaxed" or what, haha. When I started teaching people would ask how old I was and every time they'd say, "What? How can you possibly only be 22? How long were you in college? " Very few people that I talked to finished in four years and they thought it was strange that I did.
     
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    I may win this one. Twelve years. I had no business being in college after high school and basically squandered it. I didn't have parents paying for my education so I went to work full time and did one or two classes at a time at night at community college, trying to find an interest worth pursuing. Then I got my early childhood credits so I could teach pre-school. I finally decided on a direction and went back full time for about two years, including summers and got my BA. I have a lot of excess credits, but I kept plugging away and finally finished. Then five years after that I went back and got my teaching credential. It takes as long as it takes.
     
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    I started January 19,2000 and finished my undergrad in the summer of 2004. I went every chance I got and took as many classes as I could. At one point I took 19 hours and was going to school 6 days a week. I did have to take a semester off when I got pregnant and had some complications. My Masters I started in Aug of 2004 and finished up December 2005.
     
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    5 years...working while going to college slowed me down a bit.
     
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    I took 4 years. I don't think I could have stretched it out longer because the scholarship that the school gave me specified that it was for only 4 years. There's no way I would have been able to afford the very high tuition for longer than that since it was a private college. I think i'd do it the same way over again since 4 years seemed the right amount of time for me.
     
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    5 years. I changed my major 4 times. I began at a JC then transferred to a CSU, then transferred out of state because tuition kept going up and pre-reqs kept getting cancelled and I was wasting time taking filler classes.
     
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    I took my first college class when I was 23.

    I was finally awarded my BA when I was 30.

    That would be seven years, except that I got out of the Air Force when I was 25.

    Then I got called back in when my reserve unit was called up for what would have been my senior year during the Gulf War. I was 28. So my actual time as a student was around 4 and a half years.
     
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    4.5 years. I changed majors one semester.
     
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    3.5 years while working two jobs. Completely burned me out.
     
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    11 years. In school for 2.5 years, left and worked for 6, returned and finished in another 2.5.
     
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    Received my B.A. in English in four years right out of high school as a traditional student living on campus. No summer classes due to expense. Worked for a year and became interested in Computer Science and so went back to school and six years later received my B.S. I lived with my parents and commuted and worked full time every other semester through the school's Co-Op education program.
     
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    12 years. 10 years to get an AA, and two years to finish my upper division coursework. I worked an average of 60 hours a week while going through school, and the truth is, I wasn't all that serious about school until I transferred to the University. I lived on my own, and paid my own way. I changed schools several times, and changed majors just as many times. I took lots of classes I didn't need, but wanted to take because they sounded interesting.
     
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    It took me four years. I probably could have finished sooner, but I had a terrible advisor during my first three years of college.
     

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