Early College FAQs

How much does Early College cost?

Tuition for Early College courses is affordable! For the 2013–14 academic year, Early College tuition is $239 per credit; for the 2014–15 academic year, tuition will be $199 per credit.

Can homeschooled students participate?

Yes! Northwestern understands the needs of homeschooled learners and will help guide you through the process. Over half of our Early College students are homeschooled and approximately 10 percent of Northwestern's traditional undergraduate students have been homeschooled. Homeschooled students often use Early College courses while completing their junior and senior high school curriculum.

Do I need to attend class on campus?

No. Early College courses are offered through an online format which allows you to complete your work in a home or school setting that best fits your schedule.

Are there tutors or study groups available?

Students may seek writing assistance through Northwestern's ALPHA Center. You may check with a school counselor or homeschool cooperative to see if there are study groups or resources in your area.

Will the courses qualify for full college credit?

When you complete your course, full college credit will be applied to your academic record at University of Northwestern. These credits may be used to complete a degree at Northwestern or transferred to another educational institution. We encourage you to check the requirements of the program and school where further study is planned before selecting your Early College courses.

Which courses does University of Northwestern recommend for college-bound high school students?

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math
  • 3 years of Natural Science
  • 3 years of Social Science
  • 2 years of foreign language and/or other general electives

Who can I talk to about which classes to take?

E-mail up@unwsp.edu or call 651-631-5300 to contact an academic advisor who would be happy to discuss course selection with you.

We also encourage you to discuss your course selections with your high school guidance counselor if you intend to apply your Early College courses to meet your high school graduation requirements.


Northwestern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456).