I'm curious as to whether completing one's undergraduate studies faster is a disadvantage for applying to graduate school. While there are many reasons to stay the full four years, many also have real reasons to finish earlier (financial concerns being a main one). I'm going to assume that all of the introductory/ general education courses are finished before the second year, by using AP credits, taking summer classes, and using college classes taken or knowledge gained while in high school. So, the second and third years will be basically the same as a typical applicant's third and fourth years. Of course, there are many indirect disadvantages, such as: less time to do research projects, less to time to get to know professors better (who will write one's letters of recommendation), less time to take advanced courses or explore topics, etc. However I would like to ask if there are any direct disadvantages, such as graduate application committees simply looking upon those who finished their undergraduate studies faster. Thanks.