Adult Degree Completion (IDEAL) Admissions

Admissions for UB IDEAL program

Admissions Requirements for the IDEAL Program

The University of Bridgeport – IDEAL program offers adult learners the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree through accelerated coursework. Whether you are balancing work, family or other commitments, the IDEAL program offers you the flexibility and convenience to complete your studies.

A strong candidate for the IDEAL program would have the following:

  • Generally the minimum age of students entering the IDEAL Program is 23
  • Either English 101 Composition with a grade “C” or above or successful completion of the English Placement Test (EPT) administered by IDEAL.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Previous college or work experience is preferred

Transfer Information

The IDEAL program offers accelerated degrees with multiple options for transfer of credits; prior learning through work experience, military service and competency exams.

The maximum of 66 credits may be transferred in from an accredited two-year school and 90 credits from an accredited four year school.

Featured Video: The IDEAL Program

IDEAL was the first accelerated degree program in Connecticut, beginning in 1988, and expanding into three locations throughout the state: Bridgeport, Stamford, and Waterbury. Accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges, University of Bridgeport’s IDEAL Program gets you on an accelerated track to achieve your educational aspirations.


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.

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).