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Facts & FAQs
Albright’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) builds on the college-level work you have already completed. The DCP is designed to meet the needs of adults who wish to pursue a college education while working. We understand that adult students lead busy lives. Often they are full or part-time employees, and are parents as well. Therefore, Albright DCP courses are accelerated, meaning that the work is condensed into a five to seven week period.
Although it depends on the amount of credits that you transfer into the DCP, all of the degree programs are designed to be completed in 22-24 months of instruction.
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Can I really complete my degree in less than 24 months of instruction? SEE ANSWER
Albright’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) builds on the college-level work you have already completed. In traditional programs, students need to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester in order to attain full-time status. However, adults who go to evening college may only be able to take two classes, or six credits a semester. Each class may meet once or twice a week, and last for 15 weeks. At this rate, it would take a working adult student four or more years to complete the last two years of college.
The DCP is designed to meet the needs of adults who wish to pursue a college education while working. We understand that adult students lead busy lives. Often they are full or part-time employees, and are parents as well. Therefore, Albright DCP courses are accelerated, meaning that the work is condensed into a five to seven week period. Classes meet for four hours, one night a week, leaving students free to complete the remaining coursework whenever it is most convenient for them. Although it depends on the amount of credits that you transfer into the DCP, all of the degree programs are designed to be completed in 22-24 months of instruction.
How many credits to I need to graduate? SEE ANSWER
Students need a minimum of 48 transferable credits to enroll in the Degree Completion Program, and will complete 48 credits within the DCP. To graduate from Albright College, you must complete 126 credit hours.
You may complete any additional credit hours needed to achieve the 126 credits by taking courses at Albright, or other institutions (with prior approval). You can take these classes either before you begin the DCP, during the DCP, or after the DCP. Credit may also be earned through demonstrating college-level learning (such as corporate training or military service that meets American Council of Education guidelines) via a portfolio assessment, and by CLEP examination. An advisor will work with you to assist you in developing your individualized academic plan.
If I haven't taken a college class in years, can I be successful in this program? SEE ANSWER
Absolutely! The DCP is designed for adult learners. Classes are discussion-oriented, drawing from your practical work experience. It is a writing intensive curriculum; students write papers applying what they have learned.
What qualifications do I need to be admitted to the Degree Completion Program? SEE ANSWER
Prospective students need to be (1) 21 years of age or older (2) have received a minimum of a 48 transferable college credits that includes one English Composition and computer proficiency to be admitted to the program (3) Three years full-time, documented work or volunteer experience. (4) Basic computer technology proficiency
When can I start? SEE ANSWER
The Accelerated DCP has a rolling admissions policy, which means that the first 8-12 qualified applicants for a particular cohort group will comprise that group. There are currently more than 500 adult DCP students taking classes at Albright.
Where would I attend class? SEE ANSWER
Classes are held at ten convenient locations: Albright's campus in Reading, Albright's dedicated facilities in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Bethlehem, Exton and Concordville and at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell and Pottstown, Lehigh-Carbon Community College in Schnecksville (near Allentown).
What degrees are available? SEE ANSWER
Albright offers bachelor's degrees in accounting, business administration, information systems, applied psychology/organizational behavior, crime and justice, and Information Systems & Management. All degrees are offered at all locations.
When will I take classes? SEE ANSWER
Each class meets only one evening a week for five to seven weeks, depending on the course. Classes are held from 6 to 10 p.m. All of your DCP classes will meet on the same evening for the entire length of the program.
What is a cohort? SEE ANSWER
A cohort is a group of nine to 15 adult students who complete the DCP as a unit. Students enjoy the collaborative learning that takes place within the cohort group, as well as the lasting relationships that develop. Once a cohort begins, Albright guarantees to run every course in the DCP sequence. Students in the cohort never have to worry about a course being cancelled due to low registration.
Is there someone who can help answer my questions? SEE ANSWER
We welcome and encourage you to meet with an Albright advisor in your local area. This one-on-one admission and academic counseling is one of the reasons Albright’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program has one of the highest graduation rates in the state.
Please call us at 888-253-8851 or 610-921-7799, and we will put you in contact with your local advisor. If you meet with an Albright advisor, we will waive the $35 Application Fee.
What documents do I need to have to apply? SEE ANSWER
When applying to the DCP, you must have official transcripts from any post-secondary institutions where you earned credit.
Will Albright accept my credits from another college? SEE ANSWER
What does my tuition include? SEE ANSWER
Albright’s tuition is comprehensive, meaning that it includes all books (delivered to the student), all other instructional materials, a college ID, campus and remote access to the library, campus and remote e-mail access, and access to all other Albright facilities. Albright does not charge a fee to evaluate your portfolio. However, there is a $50 per credit transcription fee for credits granted for a professional portfolio, life experience or approved workplace training.
There is an $85 (per course) transcription fee for qualifying scores achieved through CLEP.
How do I obtain financial aid? SEE ANSWER
All DCP students are eligible for full-time aid from federal agencies. It is only necessary to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for financial aid at Albright College. These forms may be completed using an electronic version of the FAFSA on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
When you complete the FAFSA, be sure to indicate that the form be sent to Albright College, code number 003229. The FAFSA is filed once each academic year. The form is usually available in November and should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st for the upcoming academic year. There is a May 1 deadline in order to be considered for PA State Grants. For more information, contact the Albright Financial Aid Office at 610-921-7515, or visit the ADP Financial Aid page.
Please note students eligible for need based grants from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) are considered half-time under the state’s current regulations.
Are career services available to students in the Degree Completion Program? SEE ANSWER
Yes! The services provided by the Career Development Center are provided for all Albright students. Students can receive help with resume and cover letter writing as well as learning interviewing skills.
How much time outside of class should I expect to devote to classwork? SEE ANSWER
Although it depends on the particular course and a student's prior academic background, a student can expect to spend an average of 15-20 hours per week on assignments outside of class.