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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 7 months ago

Is it normal to graduate college at 20?

I skipped a grade in elementary school. I am going to be a senior soon and by the time I graduate high school, I will have so many AP exam credits that I can skip first year of college.

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  • 6 months ago

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  • 6 months ago

    It is atypical, but not at all rare. I did the same, as did most of my high school classmates (though I took extra classes after finishing all of my classes to get a minor). I suggest finishing up and getting a Master's degree, so you can have one by 21 or 22.

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  • 6 months ago

    Friend, forget normal. Once you come to think of it, you're abnormal in many ways. Is that necessarily a problem? Of course not, because each person is unique and uniqueness is something nature is responsible for.

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  • 6 months ago

    I knew several people who came in as Juniors at age 16 or 17. At least 3 of them spent a full 4 years, rather than to rush through trying to make all requirements for graduation in 2 years.

    I would suggest that you not take a gap year before college, as you might lose momentum. If you graduate early, maybe you could take your gap, then.

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  • edward
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    7 months ago

    I took an accelerated course, finished school in 2 years. Scholarship paid for most of it, all i had to do was buy books.

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  • Lili
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    7 months ago

    Anyone who skips a grade is going to graduate at around 20. It's no big deal, not that uncommon.

    Many schools, especially the better ones, allow you to use AP exam results to skip intro courses but not to get actual college credits. My university did not grant course credit for AP exams. Better make sure that the college or university you attend actually awards course credits.

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  • 7 months ago

    It's not typical, but it's not abnormal. I went to law school with someone who started (law school) at age 19.

    P.S. Many students find that high school AP classes do not adequately prepare them for the next level in college classes (especially in science). So for subjects you're never going to take again, it's great to take AP credit, but if you're planning to take more advanced classes in the subject, you may want to consider retaking the introductory classes in college. At worst, they'll be an "easy A."

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    Has your university approved and accepted all AP credits? You may find there are still prerequisite you need and still need to take at least a semester doing those,

    Most graduates are 21.

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  • DON W
    Lv 7
    7 months ago

    It's within the "normal" range and nothing to be concerned about.

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  • 7 months ago

    Thats great, enjoy your horrendous debt when youre finished

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