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Turn Your Old College Credits Into a Degree

Did you start college with the intention of earning a bachelor's degree only to find life got in the way, causing you to drop out early? If so, the college credits you've already earned need not go to waste. Eastern Michigan University's Bachelor of General Studies online, or BGS, is designed to help students return to education and complete their degrees. The convenience, flexibility and interdisciplinary nature of EMU's online program will also address common obstacles on the road to graduation.

A Few Statistics on College Graduation and Transferring

Leaving college without completing a degree is fairly common. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 40% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who enrolled in 2010 did not earn a bachelor's degree within six years of entering school. And, as detailed in Complete College America, only 19% of students complete their bachelor's degrees "on time" (within four years).

Why Do So Many People Drop Out of School?

There are several reasons people decide to leave school. Traditional four-year undergraduate programs can be both time-intensive and expensive. Students may encounter challenging financial situations, making tuition unaffordable. Big life changes, like starting a family, are another issue. Balancing work, life, family and school isn't always sustainable.

Educational choices also factor in. Many first-time students pursue a major before deciding to study something else. Changing one's area of study can lead to extra years in school and more investment in tuition and costs. The added expense may be out of reach.

What's the Best Way to Return to School and Earn My Bachelor's?

Clearly, many students find themselves in circumstances that disrupt their education. Yet, more and more people are returning to their education online. EMU's fully online BGS courses, for instance, can be completed wherever and whenever, making it a good fit for working professionals and parents.

EMU's BGS is also designed to help students create a customized interdisciplinary degree plan, combining general education and three different focus areas. This means you can maximize your transfer credits, applying courses from multiple areas of previous study (instead of only those credits which pertain to your major). Students can transfer up to 94 of the 124 credit hours needed for a BGS degree.

Earning a bachelor's degree can open up career opportunities and increase your earning potential, which makes the BGS a great investment. With the flexibility of online learning, you can balance work, life and education to successfully reach your graduation.

Learn more about Eastern Michigan University's online Bachelor of General Studies.


Complete College America: Four-Year Myth

National Center for Education Statistics: Graduation Rates

The New York Times: Most College Students Don't Earn a Degree in 4 Years, Study Finds

U.S. News & World Report: How to Avoid Dropping Out of College

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