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Early College

Early College – pre-college courses for high school students

Through the Early College pre-college program, high school students can take college courses online through University of Northwestern for full credit at a discounted rate.

Early College courses give you a convenient online format, allowing you to schedule your studies around other high school commitments. All you need is a computer, Internet access for streaming media and a desire to learn!

Early College Advantages

  • Get a head start on your university degree by earning college credit while a junior or senior in high school.
  • Courses are offered at an affordable rate ($199 per credit for 2014–15) and allow the possibility of graduating from college ahead of schedule.
  • A student who begins Early College at the beginning of junior year could fulfill up to two years of college requirements and save thousands of dollars on future college tuition!
  • Enjoy courses taught from a biblical worldview, through a variety of media such as course guides, video lectures, textbooks and other digital tools.

Early College Enrollment Process

  1. Download and complete the Early College Student Application.
  2. Send completed application, high school transcript and standardized test scores to University of Northwestern by the deadlines listed below.
  3. Watch your mailbox within two weeks for acceptance letter.
  4. Receive letter with access instructions and account information, including e-mail, for theROCK, Northwestern’s student info portal.
  5. Log-in to and register for courses.

Application Deadlines

TermDeadlineStart Date
Spring 2015December 1, 2014January 12, 2015
Summer 2015April 15, 2015May 18, 2015

Apply early to allow time to register for your preferred courses.


>> Download and complete the Early College application

Early College Qualifications

  • High school GPA of 2.75, ACT/PLAN score of 18, PSAT score of 120, SAT score of 1200. For any other standardized tests, students must rank in the top 50%. Contact admissions for other accepted standardized tests.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to stay in the program

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