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Fast or Accelerated Degrees Offered by These Top 10 Accredited Colleges

written by: KLeeBanks•edited by: Wendy Finn•updated: 2/16/2011

Busy lifestyles sometimes make it difficult for adult learners to pursue higher education. However, the top 10 accredited colleges for fast degrees provide students with options to earn accelerated degrees in less time than traditional degrees. Regional accreditation validates these fast degrees.

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    Introduction to Fast or Accelerated Degrees

    The terms "fast" or "accelerated" as applied to earning college degrees simply means students can earn them in less time than traditional degrees require. Instead of four years to complete a traditional bachelor degree, for instance, a student in an accelerated program may earn a bachelor degree is three years or less. The most important point to remember is ensure the college program is accredited. Regional accreditation, in particular, is essential to validate the program and confirm that the degree will be worth the student's investment of time, effort, and money. The top 10 accredited colleges for fast degrees will provide interested students with crucial information and knowledge to choose the most appropriate accelerated programs to fit their needs.

    Student researching college programs. 

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    Top 10 Accredited Colleges for Fast or Accelerated Degrees

    This section provides an overview of the top 10 accredited colleges offering fast or accelerated degrees. These 10 colleges appeared on multiple "top 10" and "top 20" lists.[1] This list is in alphabetical order, not by rank.

    1. Central Texas College [2]

    Central Texas College (CTC) addresses the needs of adult learners, offering options including online courses, either self-paced or time-based; blended courses (online and classroom); and multimedia (course media on CDs or SD cards, appropriate for computers, laptops, or handheld devices). CTC has a global reach, with six campuses in different locations around the world, multiple site offices, and its distance education department. CTC also has a strong alliance with the military, offering educational opportunities for military members and their families. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits CTC to award associate degrees and certificates of completion.

    Contact information:

    P.O. Box 1800, Killeen, TX, 76540-1800

    Tel: (254) 526-7161; In State: 1-800-223-4760; Out of State: 1-800-792-3348

    2. Columbia College [3]

    Columbia College offers flexibility and convenience with multiple campus locations and online programs. Their programs include day and evening courses, as well as nationwide online courses and degree programs. Columbia College offers 20 degree programs, including associate, bachelor, and master's degrees. Military members and their families will also find a "military-friendly" education experience at Columbia. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Columbia College to award the degrees mentioned above in a wide variety of fields.

    Contact information:

    Main campus: 1001 Rogers Street, Columbia MO, 65216

    Tel: (573) 875-8700 or 1-800-231-2391

    3. Davenport University [4]

    Davenport University provides degree programs focusing on career preparation in the fields of business, health, and technology, through its main campus and several other campuses throughout Michigan, as well as online. Online programs feature either online courses or instructor-led CD-rom coureseThe Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) accredits Davenport University to award professional certificates, associate, bachelor, and master's degrees.

    Contact information:

    Main campus: 6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49512

    Tel: (616) 698-7111 or 1-866-925-3884

    4. Excelsior College [5]

    Excelsior College offers "customized flexibility" in its campus and online programs. Certificate programs, associate, and bachelor degree programs are available in various fields within business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, and technology. Master's degree programs cover studies in business, liberal arts, and nursing. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Excelsior to award its degrees.

    Contact information:

    Main campus: 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY, 12203-5159

    Tel: (518) 464-8775 or 1-888-647-2388

      5. Fisher College (Boston) [6]

      Fisher College in Boston, along with its other campuses in New Bedford and North Attleborough, offers associate and bachelor degree programs in a variety of studies with the flexibility of part time, day or evening classes. In addition, Fisher College offers online programs. Fisher College focuses on providing an "individualized educational experience." The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Fisher College to award its degrees.

      Contact information:

      Main campus: 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02116

      Tel: (617) 236-8800

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      This page concludes the list of the top 10 accredited colleges for fast or accelerated degrees, plus references and resources.
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      Top 10 Accredited Colleges Offering Fast or Accelerated Degrees (continued, #6 to #10)

      This is the continuation of the list of the top 10 accredited colleges for fast degrees, picking up with #6.

      6. Indiana Wesleyan University [7]

      Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) provides a "Christ-centered academic community" for students seeking direction for their lives. IWU offers nearly two dozen programs divided among several academic units, such as the School of Nursing, and College of Arts and Sciences. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits IWU to award its certificates and degrees, from associate through doctorate levels.

      Contact information:

      4201 S. Washington St., Marion, IN, 46953

      Tel: (765) 674-6901 or 1-866-468-6498

      7. Liberty University [8]

      Liberty University has an established reputation as the world's largest Christian university. Liberty offers over 200 diverse programs of study in undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, Liberty offers choices among various campuses, online learning, and blended options. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Liberty University to award its wide range of degrees.

      Contact information:

      1971 University Boulevard, Lynchburg, VA, 24502

      Tel: (434) 582-2000

      8. Marylhurst University [9]

      Marylhurst University is a Catholic institution serving students of many religious backgrounds. As a private liberal arts university, Marylhurst offers both academic and professional degree programs in a wide range of studies, at its campus and online. Marylhurst provides degree options ranging from certificate to doctorate programs. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits Marylhurst University's degree programs.

      Contact information:

      Main campus: 17600 Pacific Highway (Hwy 43), PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR, 97036-0261

      Tel: (503) 636-8141 or 1-800-634-9982

      9. Park University [10]

      Park University has multiple locations nationwide, as well as an online division, and offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees in a wide range of studies. Park University is committed to academic excellence and lifelong learning. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Park University's programs.

      Contact information:

      Main campus: 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO, 64152

      Tel. (816) 741-2000 or 1-800-745-7275

      10. Southern New Hampshire University [11]

      Southern New Hamphire University (SNHU) offers over 75 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate degree programs in the fields of business, community economic develoment, education, hospitality, and liberal arts. SNHU provides on-campus classes, along with the flexibility to attend evenings and weekends, as well as online classes. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits SNHU to award its numerous degrees.

      Contact information:

      Main Campus: 2500 N. River Road, Manchester, NH, 03106

      Tel: 1-800-668-1249

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      Conclusion

      One of the best ways for adult learners to accomplish their goals of furthering their education is through completing accelerated degree programs with accredited institutions. Accreditation makes degrees legitimate, while fast or accelerated programs help busy learners earn their degrees in less time than in traditional degree programs. Researching the top 10 colleges for fast degrees is the first step toward locating the best accelerated program for the individual learner to realize his or her academic goals.

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      References, Resources, and Image Permission

      Review the references and resources in this section for more information.

      References

      [1] Accelerated Degree Programs. Fast Colleges - Top 10 Accelerated Classes and Degree Programs. Retrieved from http://www.accelerated-degree.com/online-degrees/fast-colleges-top-10-accelerated-classes-degree-programs.

      [2] Central Texas College. CTC Distance Education. Retrieved from http://online.ctcd.edu.

      [3] Columbia College. Nationwide Campuses- Academics: On-campus or Online. Retrieved from http://www.ccis.edu/nationwide/ESDacademics/DegreePrograms-all.asp

      [4] Davenport University. Davenport-Your Career University. Retrieved from http://www.davenport.edu.

      [5] Excelsior College. About Excelsior. Retrieved from http://www.excelsior.edu/about-us.

      [6] Fisher College (Boston). Fisher College Academics. Retrieved from http://www.fisher.edu/academics.html.

      [7] Indiana Wesleyan University. Colleges and Schools. Retrieved from http://www.indwes.edu/Academics/Colleges-and-Schools.

      [8] Liberty University. Academic Overview. Retrieved from http://www.liberty.edu/academics.

      [9] Marylhust University. Academic Programs. Retrieved from http://www.marylhurst.edu/academicprograms.

      [10] Park University. Academic Programs. Retrieved from http://www.park.edu/academics.

      [11] Southern New Hampshire University. Academics. Retrieved from http://www.snhu.edu/508.asp.

      Resources

      College Degrees.com. Finding the Best Online Colleges and Distance Learning Schools. Retrieved from http://www.collegedegrees.com.

      College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees. Online Degrees. Retrieved from http://www.college-scholarships.com/ssac.htm.

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