Three-Year Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree
What is the accelerated program?
The three-year accelerated baccalaureate degree program allows academically talented
high school students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years. Many
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) majors may be completed in three years. Contact the
Academic Advising Center at 734.487.2171 for information on specific majors.
Excluded from the accelerated program are some health fields, teacher education, and any
major with extensive internship requirements.
Am I eligible?
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible for the accelerated program:
• Currently enrolled in high school.
• At least 16 college credits earned before beginning the first year at EMU. These
credits may be earned through Advanced Placement (AP) testing, College-Level
Examination Program (CLEP), or dual enrollment between high school and EMU or
other post-secondary institutions.
• 3.5 cumulative high school GPA or higher.
• ACT composite score of 24 or higher or SAT combined score of 1130 or higher.
If you are a high school junior who is considering the accelerated degree program, you
should meet with your high school counselor to determine eligibility and plan your
course selections accordingly.
What are the requirements for participation?
• Earn 36 credit hours at EMU each year for three years.
• Declare a major at the time of first enrollment at EMU (changing majors will lead to
disqualification from the accelerated program).
• File an approved program of study with an adviser.
• Schedule and attend meetings with your academic adviser before registering for
classes each semester.
• Register for each semester during the early registration period (students in the
accelerated program will be granted priority registration times).
• Fulfill all regular academic requirements and abide by all policies of the University.
What are the benefits of the program?
• You will gain earlier entrance into the job market or graduate/professional studies.
• You will save approximately one year of college costs.
• You are guaranteed at least a Recognition of Excellence Scholarship worth $2,000
per year provided you meet the renewal criteria. The Recognition of Excellence
Scholarship requires 18 credit hours per semester for payment and a 3.3 cumulative
EMU GPA for renewal. University scholarships require the recipient to live in
University residence halls during the first two years.
• You will receive a graduation incentive of $1,000 when you complete the accelerated
program and return to EMU within one year for graduate studies.
• If there is a University-caused delay that prevents you from completing your degree,
EMU will pay the tuition for the remaining class(es) provided that the degree is
completed within one year.
How do I get started?
Be sure to indicate to your high school counselor that you are interested in the three-year
accelerated program at EMU. During your senior year of high school you will need to:
• Complete an application for admission to the University and submit it by the
February 15 priority deadline, along with your official high school transcript and the
• Indicate on the application an interest in the three-year accelerated program (you may
do this by attaching a brief note to the front of the application).
• Discuss your eligibility with your EMU academic adviser during your initial
appointment and initiate the Official Program Agreement by the May 15 priority
Final admission into the program is granted after your Official Program Agreement is
signed by you, approved by your academic adviser, and approved by your faculty
Want to learn more?
For more information contact:
Accelerated Degree Program Coordinator
Academic Advising Center
Eastern Michigan University
301 Pierce Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
For more information about applying to Eastern Michigan University or to arrange a
campus visit, call 734.487.3060 or 800.GO.TO.EMU or visit our web site at