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How long does it take to get a bachelor's degree?

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The standard completion time for a bachelor's degree is 4 years for students who attend school full-time; however, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that it took students a median time of 52 months to earn bachelor's degrees in a 2008 study. The amount of time to earn a bachelor's degree ultimately depends on a number of factors, including how many credits the degree requires, the student's attendance and the school type, such as private or public.

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The National Center for Education Statistics also showed in 2008 that students who first attended community colleges had a longer median completion time of 63 months, while those who went to school at for-profit schools took a median time of 103 months to earn their bachelor's degrees. It is common for bachelor's degree programs to require 120 semester credits of 180 quarter credits.

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