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Impact of 10-Year Bachelor's on Grad School Chances

Question: Hello, I finished my undergraduate degree in 2014 and I want to apply to graduate school. My question is: it took me more than 10 years to earn my undergraduate degree due to family responsibilities, and I was unable to attend full-time. Will this hurt my chances to get into graduate school because I didn't graduate in the traditional four years? Thanks so much for any feedback!

Your protracted trek through undergraduate school might actually be a plus in the grad-school application process if you can show yourself to be focused and determined (and a great multi-tasker) while keeping many balls in the air at once. College officials often believe that “older" adults can contribute a lot to their campus.

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