Dean, Academic Services
P.O. Box 9523
Roanoke, VA 24020
The program is only available to first-time, first-year students. Dual enrollment, AP, and IB credits can be applied.
In the first year of the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA, elect a major during the second semester, and successfully complete no fewer than 40 academic credits.
Students in the accelerated program must have achieved at least a 3.00 GPA by the conclusion of the three-year program. Students should be advised that ordinarily they must complete 44 credits each year. Three Short Terms must be completed. No more than 18 semester credits of summer school work may be applied toward the three-year degree and then only with prior permission of the student’s academic advisor and the registrar. Students are limited to no more than 24 credits on the pass/fail grading option.
Students who participate in this program should be aware that besides an increased workload and attendant academic pressures, a three-year undergraduate degree is not always welcomed by graduate schools. Additionally, three-year candidates risk some diminishment of the college bonding experience and of the establishment of close relationships with faculty members. Finally, Short Term internship experiences, the ability to graduate with honor, and abroad experiences may have to be compromised by students who elect to participate. Some students, however, may decide that such potential losses are more than compensated by the monetary savings.
For additional information regarding the three-year accelerated program, contact the dean of academic services at (540) 362-6333.