We know there’s more than one way to pursue college.
For some, the route leads them right from high school into a four year school. There are also those who enroll in community college with the goal of transferring to finish their bachelor’s degree.
Each path has their pros and cons, but they all share a common goal: getting a bachelor’s degree as fast as possible.
Studies from The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center have shown that students who start at a four-year college as a freshman are more likely to graduate on time.
Here’s what’s so great about graduating in four years:
1. You also will save money. That same study showed that students who stay in school for more than four years can end up paying up to 40% more. Yikes! Surely transferring from a community college is more economical? Well, it is and it isn’t. Let me explain. Although Oregon Promise, and other state-sponsored programs like it, can help ease the cost of the first two years of your bachelor’s degree at a community college, transfer students tend to fall behind when coming to a four-year university. Sometimes credits don’t transfer over perfectly, or maybe it’s just problems with adjusting to a new school, but it all means taking more time to graduate, and that can cost a lot.
Plus, PSU now offers programs to help you graduate in four years if you enroll as a freshman.
- Four-Year Degree Guarantee means that, if you meet the eligibility requirements, you will graduate in four years or we will pay for any extra courses you have to take.
- You could even go to PSU for free. You heard that right. If you are an Oregon resident and you meet the eligibility requirements PSU will pay for your tuition and fees for four years.
- PSU offers scholarships, work study and financial aid to those who qualify, all of which can help to ease the cost of college.
- PSU’s Diversity and Multicultural Student Services offer amazing retention programs for students in their first year at PSU to help in the transition from high school to college and they provide scholarships!
2. You get to start your career sooner, and start making an impact. Evelynn Moz, a recent PSU graduate, was able to work while attending PSU, knowing that she would still graduate on time. Now she’s ready to take on the world as the International Merchandising Coordinator at Columbia Sportswear.
3. Getting started at a four years college means you’ll be able to develop relationships early on with our expert faculty and staff. You’ll get to take advantage of our incredible University Studies program which helps you engage in the community and get real-world experience for the start. If you’re interested in joining the Honors College, then doing so as early as possible is the best option. You’ll get the most out of it and have a lot more to show for it when you graduate.
But what about the cost?
Choosing a college is a big choice, we get it, and regardless of where you go, it’s going to be expensive. At PSU though, what you are paying for is an investment, something that will allow you to thrive after you graduate.