Three-Year Degree Program

Save 25% or more without sacrificing the full college experience.

Do more. Be more.


A major opportunity.
Within the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program, there are 24 major areas of study leading to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. Courses of study include majors from the Humanities, Physical and Life Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences divisions: Accounting* Art History Biology Business Administration Chemistry Computer Science Economics English French Geology & Environmental Sciences German History Information Science Individual Student Program (ISP) Mathematics* Nursing* Philosophy Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Spanish Studio Art Theatre Arts

Where they’re from.
Hartwick College Three-Year Degree students come from all walks of life, from near and far. Here’s a few high schools our students have attended: Ballston Spa High School Broadalbin-Perth High School Mohonasen Senior High School New Hartford Senior High School Onteora Central Junior-Senior High School Penn Yan Academy Pine Bush Central High School Saratoga Springs Senior High School South Glens Falls Central High School Unatego Junior-Senior High School VVS High School

*General Accounting degree in 3 years; CPA possible in 4 years. **AP Calculus credit or equivalent required. ***Admission to the Nursing Three-Year Degree Program is based on additional criteria. Students must have at minimum an 88 out of 100 high school grade point average to be considered for the NursingThree-Year Degree Program.

The fine print.
Qualifications: To be considered for the Program, you should have a high school grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 or 85 out of 100 in a challenging, college-preparatory curriculum. Nursing students must have a GPA of at least 88. Submission of SAT and ACT scores is optional for admission to Hartwick and the Three-Year Degree Program, except for nursing applicants. AP, IB, CLEP & College Credit: Hartwick offers credit for a score of 3 or above on many of the AP tests, 4 or above on higher level IB tests, and various credits for CLEP and college courses.

People are talking:
“Hartwick, a small private liberal arts college, is at the forefront of a recent upswing in colleges that, spurred by the recession and concerns over crushing college debt, are encouraging students to save money by shortening the time it takes to earn a degree.” “Hartwick College launched a three-year degree in fall 2009, available in more than two dozen majors. The program started with 18 students, is up to 47 students and is on target to add 40 more in fall, making it possibly the largest such program in the nation.” “Hartwick says its program is distinctive, because it won’t require online courses or summer school (so students can still do internships). Students will take an expanded course load each semester, plus courses during Hartwick’s January term. Only a handful of majors are excluded.” “Although designed to cut costs, the Hartwick program will also maintain its ‘rich educational experience’ … Students who participate will take 40 rather than 30 credits a year, keeping their summers free for study abroad, internships, or employment. Service learning, athletics, and other activities will still be accessible to three-year students …” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 24, 2009

USA Today, June 22, 2012

The Washington Post PostLocal, June 16, 2011

USA Today, February 24, 2009

Hartwick College’s Three-Year Degree Program saves students time and money, without sacrificing the full college experience. It’s that simple.

Let’s talk money.
You want to attend the kind of private, liberal arts college that will put you on the fast track to professional success—but that kind of education is expensive. So four years ago, Hartwick was one of the first schools in the nation to realize there’s nothing magical about taking four years for a bachelor’s degree. You can do it in three years, and save as much as $40,000 in the process. Less upfront cost and less debt—an intriguing idea. So we created a program to complete your degree in three years instead of four and made sure you wouldn’t miss out on any of the activities so important to your college experience. The idea quickly caught the attention of the national news media. More importantly, it caught the attention of our students. Currently, about 1 out of every 10 entering Hartwick student will complete his or her degree in just three years and save a ton of money in the process.

An exceptional education.
Hartwick’s Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum is what makes the Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program work. It’s a unique combination of traditional liberal arts study and experiential learning. That means you’ll have great classroom experiences and you’ll make that learning real by getting into the field to study abroad, complete internships, and serve your community. Our 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know our expert faculty personally. You’ll work with them on the kinds of laboratory and research opportunities that undergraduates rarely get to experience. Hartwick’s Three-Year Degree Program was developed in close collaboration with our faculty. Their expertise and our flexible curriculum are a few of the reasons our Three-Year Degree works at Hartwick while some other schools have failed.

Added benefits.
As a Three-Year Degree student, you’ll graduate sooner with less debt. You’ll also get priority course registration, special academic advising, and the option of a special living-learning residential environment.

How it works.
You take a few extra courses (40 credits per year instead of 30) and you finish a year early. In the process, you save an entire year’s tuition and get to grad school or work even sooner. You can earn a Hartwick degree and enjoy every aspect of campus life in three years, saving a lot of money along the way. No online courses, no summer school (except if you’re in nursing), no strings. Three-Year Degree students are motivated and hard-working, so they don’t make a lot of compromises. They’re on our sports teams, and in our clubs. They’re performing on stage, hanging with friends, or living at our Pine Lake Environmental Campus.

Get out and do.
What’s more, you’ll participate in J Term, a unique month-long learning experience that will change your life. Every January, hundreds of Hartwick students take courses with Hartwick faculty on campus, across the nation and around the world— places like Egypt and China, Ghana and Greece, India and Ireland, South Africa, Thailand, the Bahamas and Costa Rica, England, Austria, Germany and Italy—and many more. After you go you’ll never be the same.

It’s the full Hartwick experience.

You can still be involved The Three-Year in everything. Program is unique, “My parents are paying for my and it’s realistic.
education — I’m very lucky. They never pushed me to go into the Three-Year Degree Program for financial reasons, but when I did they were excited. I have a pretty substantial merit scholarship, but the Three-Year Program helps so much more. I feel like I’m capable of going into law school without a ton of extra debt. “I’m definitely prepared for the next step. There’s no doubt I’m bummed out to leave this place and leave my friends, but I think I’m ready to spread my wings, as cliché as that sounds. As a Three-Year student you don’t miss any of the opportunities four-year students have. You can still be involved in internships, clubs, activities, and athletics — everything.”
Alyssa Napolitano ’13 English major | Port Chester, NY

A complete College experience.
“As a pioneer in the three-year degree model, Hartwick College recognizes that students should have the option to pursue cost- and time-saving options when earning a high-quality bachelor’s degree. The growth and success of Hartwick’s Three-Year Degree program clearly illustrates the viability of, and demand for, this innovative educational approach. “At Hartwick, we have seen no evidence that Three-Year Degree students have a less meaningful or substantial experience than our four-year students. They collaborate with professors on research, study abroad, participate in clubs and organizations, perform in college productions, and spend time with friends. They are having the complete college experience.”
Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich

“Saving money is definitely a good thing. Getting on to my master’s a year faster with only three years of loans? That’s very helpful. The Three-Year Program is unique, and it’s realistic. If you’re willing to put in the time and take an extra class or two a semester, you’re going to show initiative and that translates to doing well in the job market. “It is a little more work than the four-year student has, but it’s only a class or two more a semester. I’m saving a ton of money, getting to my master’s sooner, and getting a job sooner. It saves a lot of money in the long run, and you still get to have fun and hang out with your friends. It’s the real college experience.”
Cody DeBernardis ’15 Mathematics major | Whitesboro, NY

Visit us online.
You have to see Hartwick to believe it. Come for a tour and attend some classes. Meet Hartwick students and their professors. Ask questions, and then ask some more questions. Don’t forget to enjoy the view.

Apply now.
Hartwick admits students on a rolling basis, so apply early to ensure your place in the class. If you qualify for the Three-Year Degree Program, we’ll send you an application for the program once you’re admitted to Hartwick. When your application is complete, we’ll review it immediately and will let you know our admission decision within two weeks. If you qualify for an academic scholarship, you’ll know the amount of your award within two weeks of admission.
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