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High school students can start now and get their bachelor’s degrees in 3 years. Take the next step and make anything possible.

Why Degree in 3?

Expedite your degree in Kansas City. Earn a bachelors degree from The University of Kansas in 3 years.

A partnership between the Blue Valley Schools, Olathe Public Schools, Shawnee Mission School District, Summit Technology Academy, Raytown Quality Schools, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Public Schools, USD 232, Independence School District, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Metropolitan Community College and KU Edwards Campus allows you to earn college credits in high school, complete an associate’s degree one year after graduating and finish your bachelor’s degree two years later.

Degrees Available Blue Valley CAPS Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools Diploma+ Academies Olathe 21st Century Academics Shawnee Mission Signature Programs Herndon Career Center / Southland CAPS Summit Technology Academy USD 232 Independence School District
BAS Biotechnology  
Bachelor of Business Administration        
BS Exercise Science    
BS Information Technology          
BA/BGS Law & Society      
BA/BGS Literature, Language
& Writing
BS Molecular Biosciences      
BA/BGS Public Administration      

Degree in 3 Action Steps

  1.        Your High School

    • Talk to your teachers and counselor about your plans after high school.
    • Develop a four-year academic plan, including Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate and dual credit/concurrent enrollment classes, with your counselor.
    • Register for the Degree in 3 program as early as the April of your sophomore year and no later than the December of your senior year (exceptions to this timeframe can be reviewed with the Degree in 3 coordinator).

    Milestone: Complete your high school diploma.

  2. Community College

    • Take dual credit and concurrent credit courses while still in high school.
    • After high school, complete the remaining freshman-sophomore credit hours from your local community college.

    Milestone: Complete your Associate's degree from community college.

  3. KU Edwards Campus

    • Meet with an advisor to discuss transferring to KU in Overland Park.
    • Apply for admission to KU in the semester before you plan to enroll (students beginning in fall should apply by Feb. 1).

    Milestone: Complete your Bachelor's degree from KU.

    3 years, 3 accomplishments.

Degree in 3 Contact

Amy Sellers
Transfer Services & Early College Program Coordinator

Degree in 3

A partnership between ...

Blue Valley Schools

Johnson County
Community College

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Metropolitan Community Community College

Olathe Public Schools

Shawnee Mission Schools

Raytown Quality Schools

Summit Technology Academy

The University of Kansas
Edwards Campus

USD 232


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