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An undergraduate degree is a two- or four-year degree earned by a student. They come in two levels – associate and bachelor’s. These degrees are typically obtained after an individual has graduated from high school or completed a general education exam. There are some exceptions. Some states and school districts allow students to simultaneously take courses in high school and at a community or state college. Through this dual enrollment, a student may graduate from high school with both a high school diploma and an associate degree.

An associate degree is typically earned through a two-year institution such as a state or community college. Many students earn 60 credits during this period. A bachelor’s degree is, at minimum, an additional 60 credit hours beyond an associate degree. While 22 states now allow for state or community colleges to confer bachelor’s degrees, most bachelor’s degrees are typically obtained through a university or private college. With the advent of the internet, a student can now complete an undergraduate degree fully online.