I’m forever “angling” when it comes to the Big 3. As someone who is thrilled with their experience earning a BS from Excelsior College, I also find myself bracing for the “What’s Excelsior College” line of questioning. I’m early in the game, but I’m starting to put together a rough outline of how my kids could benefit from the Big 3 and CLEP/DSST/AP/and all the more recent testing out options. I keep going back and forth between: “OK, by the end of Senior Year of High school I want my kids to have completed 10 CLEP exams (roughly 30 credits) and enter their college career 2 semesters (a year) ahead of schedule” Or “I want my kids to have a BS/BA from one of the Big 3 within 12 months of graduating High School, this way they can be done grad school when everyone else in their peer group is getting undergraduate degrees” Or “During the normal college semester, have my kids take the minimum credit load and spend their extra time taking CLEPs” Or “Just leave them alone to go the traditional route and take 4-5 years to graduate but get the full experience” The other option I’m trying to get feedback on is: “Try to get an associates degree from one of the Big 3 ASAP and transfer into the 4 year B&M school as a Junior that they want on their resume” The benefits of this approach would/could be: Cost Accelerated degree time Not having to worry about name recognition of the Big 3, you don’t have to list your Associates degree on your resume if you have a 4 year degree Still able to get some level of the college experience while also utilizing the advantages of testing out with the Big 3 Is it safe to assume that transferring in to a fair number of B&M schools as a Junior from the Big 3 is realistic? I’m not sure if 2+2 agreements exist with the Big 3 as the Associates degree part of the equation.