Focused on your career path?

Motivated to move ahead at a faster pace?

Doane has a new three-year degree program, backed with three-year guarantees in Biology, ChemistryComputer Science, English, History, Journalism and Media, and Mathematics and plans to expand to more areas of study in the future.

How it Works

Faculty members created intensive academic plans with a three-year course schedule. Degree programs have not been modified or reduced in any way – just like four-year degree students, 123 credits are needed to graduate.

Instead, Doane thought progressively about how students can meet requirements at an accelerated pace. Students will take classes in the fall, spring and summer depending on the program and the number of credits students transfer to Doane.

Financial Breakdown

Traditional Four-Year Degree Example

Direct Cost and Fees: $172,800
Average Institutional Discount: $104,528
Average Cost: $68,272

Accelerated Three-Year Degree Cost Example

Direct Costs and Fees* (Including summer school): $133,396
Average Institutional Discount: $78,396
Average Cost: $55,000

Potential Savings: $13,272

Early Graduation, extra year of income*: $50,944
Three-Year Advantage: $64,216


Students must apply for the program. Eligibility and acceptance are based on your high school GPA, ACT or SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

Another Major in Mind?

Students with other majors in mind won't necessarily miss out. Depending on courses transferred in, students may work closely with an academic advisor to create an approved plan to graduate in three years. In fact, eight Doane students have already successfully graduated in under four years without an official program in place. 

Why Graduate in Three Years?

  • Save on tuition and other college expenses.
  • Take a faster route into the job market and to a salary.
  • Get to graduate or professional school quicker.
  • Capitalize on the opportunity to pursue a dual major.
  • Easily integrate study-abroad and/or internship opportunities into your college career.

A world-class liberal arts and sciences education from Doane University in just three years. That means less time, less money and extra earning power or quicker entry into graduate school.

*Tuition, room and board is estimated on costs for the 2018-2019 school year. Summer courses do not assume room and board. Average Doane scholarships/grants are based on average institutional aid only and do not include work programs or federal, state or private grants/loans. Extra year of income was based on the average starting salary, Class of 2018 bachelor's degree graduate found on website.

Eligibility and Acceptance

The first step toward earning your world-class liberal arts and sciences education in three years? Apply!


Eligibility and acceptance are based on:

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA on 4.0 scale in high school.
  • Minimum ACT Composite Score of 23 / minimum SAT Composite Score of 1130
  • Minimum ACT Reading Subscore of 22 / minimum SAT Reading Test Subscore of 29
  • Transfer a minimum of 9 college credits with at least a "B" level work and meet any pre-requisite standards outlined for their intended major.


Students must apply to the Three-Year Graduation Program at least three weeks prior to attending Enrollment Day on campus. Apply now!


Graduating in three years is guaranteed - both you and Doane have a key role in making this happen.