Degree in Three Years - FAQs

Can I complete an internship in the Degree in Three program?

Credit-bearing internships are required in many majors within Degree in Three. Students should review their program requirements with their advisor and faculty mentor. Where internships are not a requirement, they may still be an option.

Can I complete a minor?

Degree in Three students will have several free elective credits that may allow them to complete a minor. Students interested in completing a minor should speak with their advisor to see how this may fit with their program.

Do I have time for a Division II sport?

Absolutely. This program was created with our traditional SNHU student in mind. Students will be able to hold a part-time job, get involved or be an active participant on one of our Division II athletic teams

Are my admission "merit" scholarships still applicable to the Degree in Three program?

Yes, any merit or need-based scholarship you receive as part of the Admission or Financial Aid process is for full-time undergraduate education at SNHU.

Do I have any summer, weekend, or night classes?

This program is designed to be completed over six traditional undergraduate semesters – no summers, weekends or extra courses required. However, if you would like to take summer courses or complete an internship over the summer - that is up to you.

Does it cost more?

You are charged the traditional undergraduate day tuition for each year you attend SNHU. The cost savings of the fourth year is passed directly onto you.

What happens if I am overwhelmed by the work?

Our academic support services at SNHU are tremendous. They are geared towards supporting all student populations – including Degree in Three. If you are overwhelmed by the work in the program, you will have an outlet to share this information in the Huddle (where you will be surrounded by other Degree in Three students, just like you) as well as work with your advisor and faculty mentor. If it is too much for you to handle, you can always transition into the traditional four-year track of your program or another major of your choosing.

How can I ensure that I get the classes that I need to graduate within six semesters?

Students work with designated Degree in Three advisors and faculty mentors within their major to review coursework and help students stay on track so they can complete their graduation requirements within six semesters.

Will I be in classes with other Degree in Three students?

You will take classes with other undergraduate-seeking students (these students may be in an Associates program, a Degree in Three program, our traditional four-year program, etc.) Outside of your traditional courses, you will have specific Degree in Three requirements, such as attending the “Huddle” and major-specific course requirements/experiences for your respective Degree in Three program.

What is the Huddle?

All Degree in Three students participate in small groups led by a facilitator. These “Huddles” meet periodically throughout each of the six semesters. As part of this experience, students will attend various on and off-campus activities each semester and come together in the Huddle to discuss their experiences as they contribute to discussion, develop skills, and reflect on those events.

Do I have to take more classes?

No. You will take five traditional courses each semester, complemented by non-seat time experiences within your major and the School of Business to complete your 120 credits within six semesters. You will never take more than five courses at one time, unless you choose to do so.

What does seat time vs. non-seat time mean?

Seat time refers to courses completed in a traditional manner. Non-seat time refers to coursework completed outside of the classroom through experiences, internships, projects, etc.

What happens in my fourth year?

Your options are limitless. You can start a full-time job, travel the world, volunteer, stay on campus for a fourth year with your peers by earning your graduate degree or venture off to another institution to earn your masters.

What happens to my credits if I decide that the Degree in Three program is not for me or if I decide to transfer out?

All courses and Degree in Three required experiences are mapped to specific courses at SNHU, thus granting you a transcript of coursework to transfer internally or externally to an accredited institution.

What is the admission criteria for Degree in Three?

Typically, we recommend students possess a 2.5 high school GPA or better to enter the Degree in Three program. Prospective/Accepted students should email Corri Wilson at to indicate their interest/change of major.

Contact Us

Director: Corri Wilson

Phone: 603.626.9100 x3311