Accelerated Learning Programs: How to Earn College Credit in High School
There are a number of accelerated programs that allow prepared Utah high school students to earn college credit while still in high school.
Students who participate in these programs may be eligible for the Regents’ or New Century scholarships offered through the Utah System of Higher Education. Additional scholarship information is available from the Utah State Office of Education.
|Program||Description||Student Eligibility||Website Link|
|Concurrent Enrollment (CE)||High school students take selected college courses while still in high school, earn both high school credit & college credit corresponding to the first year at a USHE institution. The grade(s) earned create permanent high school & college transcripts.||Junior or senior, sophomore by exception. Indicators for success in a college class such as GPA of 3.0 or ACT of 22+. Parent and high school permission||USOE-Concurrent Enrollment|
|Advanced Placement (AP)||High school students take high school classes whose curriculum follows a national standard. Students earn a high school grade. College "test" credit may be awarded based on student performance on a standardized exam.||Self-Selection||USOE-Advanced Placement|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||High school students take high school class whose curriculum follows an international standard. Students earn a high school grade. College "test" credit may be awarded based on student performance on a standardized exam.||Admission to the program is different at each IB school, ranging from self-selection to a formal application process.||USOE-International Baccalaureate|
|Early College High School||High school offers high school, Concurrent Enrollment, and Early College classes to accelerate students. Typically, a large percentage of students earn an associate degree before they graduate from high school.||Students are selected by lottery. Students enter ECHSs in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Indicators for success for college class such as GPA of 3.0 or ACT of 22+. Parent and high school permission for college classes.||USOE-Early College High School|
|Early College (College Campus)||High school students are released from school to take college classes on campus. Students may choose any class for which they are eligible (prereq's met, etc). Grades earned in the college class will be added to high school transcript.||Sophomores (limited participation), juniors, seniors. Indicators for success in a college class such as strong GPA or ACT scores. Parent and high school permission.||See individual institution websites|