IDEAL Adult Degree Completion


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There are many factors and reasons that make achieving an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the years directly following high school difficult for some people. These reasons can include finances, obligations to family, scheduling, and many others.

Fortunately, there are flexible and convenient options available for students who wish to finish their education, such as the University of Bridgeport’s Innovative Degree Excellence in Accelerated Learning (IDEAL) Program.

What makes our program different?

Designed to meet the needs of adults ages 23 and older, IDEAL provides a unique opportunity to complete your associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a way that allows you to balance your educational pursuits with your commitments to family, work and community.

You can choose from various courses that fit your schedule and even participate in online accredited courses if you are not able to attend on-site classes.

Why choose IDEAL?

  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Online, Evening and Weekend Classes
  • Small Classes to Foster Interaction and Peer-Group Learning
  • Multiple Start Terms a Year
  • Flexible Transfer Policy Awards Credit for Life/Work Experience
  • Knowledgeable and Accessible Academic Advisors
  • Responsive and Adaptive Faculty
  • Great Adult Education Programs
  • Finally Complete Your Degree

Some people can become discouraged after years have passed—feeling that it is too late for them to earn a degree. If you feel that way, we are here to prove to you that you can continue your education and you do have an opportunity still available to you.

Your future can take a turn for the better with the University of Bridgeport – IDEAL Program. We are accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and may be able to help you onto an accelerated track to achieve your educational aspirations.

IDEAL Offers Degrees in:

Online Programs

Campus Programs



Commencement 2016 – Undergraduate and Graduate @ Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

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This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).