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General Questions

Why is Doane University creating a 3-year program? 

Doane recognizes that more students are taking college-level courses in high school. We help students identify programs that take advantage of their college planning by outlining a way for them to get into their careers early.

Why graduate in 3 years rather than the traditional 4?

This choice is for each student to ask themselves. There is an advantage of beginning a career or graduate school earlier than a traditional 4-year plan. For Doane University, this program is evidence of our interest in continuing to meet the needs of students while also delivering a high-quality educational experience.

What is the most significant difference between the three and 4-year programs?

The volume of coursework per semester, as well as summer work required to fulfill the expectations of the program. Current programs require 17-18 credits.

How does the 3-year guarantee work?

Doane University faculty has created academic program plans outlining a course schedule plan for students to graduate in 3 years upon full-time enrollment on our Crete campus. Students must apply to the program before registration, and once accepted, must agree to stay true to their plan. Doane University commits to ensuring the scheduling components of the project are available to the student. If a student meets all expectations of the 3-year program and is unable to graduate as a result of a college mistake, the college will waive tuition for the remaining courses required to graduate.

How can Doane offer this guarantee? 

Instead of modifying our programs or graduation requirements, Doane University put considerable thought into how students can meet graduation needs at a faster pace than the traditional four years. 

Can a student-athlete participate in the program? 

A student-athlete may participate in the program. However, challenges arise when courses intersect with practice and performance times. If a class is required, which falls during activity time, the student must be enrolled to keep the contract valid. 

What happens if a student changes their mind on the academic program once enrolled?

If a student changes their mind on an academic program, and this modifies their program plan and schedule, the guarantee becomes null and void. However, depending on the program transitioned to, the student may still graduate in 3 years or close to it. 

Are there additional costs associated with this program? 

Students who enroll for more than 188 credits may be required to pay an overload fee, students with a college GPA of 3.25 or better are exempt from this fee for up to 20 credits. 

Please Note: Summer coursework is not part of annual tuition, and financial aid cannot be used to pay for it.

Qualifications and Requirements

What are the academic requirements for this program? 

High school applications must have:

  • At least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT Composite Score of at least 23 (SAT combined score of 1620) and an ACT Reading Subscore of 22 (SAT 530 Critical Reading Score)

Doane University requires a minimum of 9 transferable credits with at least a “B” grade before enrollment. Individual programs may require a specific course as part of the nine credits for acceptance. 

This program is not currently available to transfer students. 

How many credits are students required to take per semester while in the 3-year program? 

Current programs require 17-18 credits per semester at Doane University. 

Are students required to take summer courses? 

It is likely students will need to take summer courses to meet program expectations. However, the sessions and credits required depend on the student’s specific academic program, as well as the number of initial credits transferred to Doane University. 


Academic Program Offerings

Which programs support the guarantee?

Currently, Doane University offers a 3-year guarantee in the following programs. Doane University is working with faculty to expand the number of programs providing the guarantee.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Mathematics

Does a student need to major in a specific program to graduate in 3 years?

Not necessarily, however, specific programs have developed program plans that are backed by a 3-year guarantee. Depending on courses transferred in, a student could major in several areas and graduate in 3 years.

Is there a different process for a student who wants to graduate in 3 years, but is not interested in the programs backed by the guarantee?

Students must apply for the 3-year graduation program, at least three weeks before their enrollment day event on campus. The admissions office will explore the student’s program of interest, and a faculty advisor will create a program plan with the student.

Study Abroad and Travel Scholarship

Will a student be able to participate in study abroad, or use their scholarship and still participate in the 3-year program?

The 3-year program does not eliminate a study abroad option. However, if a traveling semester prevents a student from staying on their program plan, it will affect the validity of the 3-year contract.

Can a student participate in the Honors program while participating in the 3-year program?

Yes, a student may participate in the Honors Program and the 3-year program. While Honors students have a study abroad requirement, it can be satisfied during an extended summer session rather than a semester abroad. Also, while Honors students are required to participate in a Senior Seminar, each student would be allowed the opportunity to complete this requirement during their third year.