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What are the benefits of Think 30?
There are many benefits to taking 30 credits per academic year, or even one more course per semester, including:
Graduation–Your chances of graduating will increase. The longer you stay in college, the less likely you are to graduate.
Options–Once you complete your associate degree at the College, you can transfer to a four-year institution, start your career, travel and more.
Income–The faster you graduate, the faster you can start your career and earn money.
What Is Think 30?
Delaware County Community College encourages students to take 30 credits per year in an effort to complete a degree in two years.
How Do I Get Started?
Determine the number of credits you need to take annually to complete your degree in two years.
You can find out how many credits you need to earn to complete your degree
by looking up your program at dccc.edu/programs or viewing the information in Degree Works. Then, divide the number of total credits by the number of years you plan to attend Delaware County Community College. For example, if there are 60 credit hours required for the associate degree you’ve selected and you want to finish in two years, you will need to take 30 credits per year.
Use accelerated, summer and winter sessions to keep up or get ahead
If you’re caught without enough credits, look at courses offered during alternative sessions. Accelerated, Summer and Winter sessions are more intense than a traditional semester. Think of completing 16 weeks of work in six to eight weeks.
Make every credit count
Work to balance electives and required courses so you’re taking the right courses to graduate on time. Your academic advisor is available to help you decide on the classes you need to complete degree requirements, and Degree Works provides an online guide to your major. You can also locate the name of your advisor in Degree Works. Understand that not all credits will count toward your degree. For instance, if you are required to take developmental courses, those credits do not count toward your degree but do prepare you to be better equipped to complete your degree. If you plan to transfer, you should meet with a transfer advisor to make sure every credit counts toward the program you plan to transfer into.
Take all of the required courses
You should meet with your academic advisor to develop an academic plan. To stay on track, required and pre-requisite courses must be taken in order. The College publishes course schedules a year in advance to make it easier for you to
develop a plan.
What if it's not possible for me to take 30 credits per year?
Each and every student is different and has different responsibilities outside of the classroom. If taking 30 credits is unrealistic for you, determine what you can handle and, along with your advisor, create a plan to stay on track. The most important thing is making sure you complete your educational goals!
Ask for help when you need it
Life can sometimes get in the way of our plans and goals. If this happens to you, ask for help. The Career and Counseling Center and Student Services office have a number of resources to help students when special circumstances arise.