UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

College Credit for High School Students

College Credit for High School Students

A high school student who wishes to take university courses while still in high school may apply to enroll as a High School Special Student, Youth Options Program Student, or Course Options Program Student. 

For admission to the University, students must normally rank in the top 40% of their class, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and completed their sophomore year. High school courses completed, ACT scores, and letters of recommendation may also be considered in the evaluation of students. Students with strong academic records who have not yet completed their sophomore year may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If approved for admission, students are generally allowed to register for freshman and sophomore level (100/200 numbered courses) university courses on a space available basis, provided they meet course prerequisites. Placement testing may be required to determine appropriate course level for students wishing to study in areas such as Math, English, or Foreign Languages. Scores on College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams may also be used to determine course placement.

High School Special Student

To apply as a High School Special Student, the student must submit the following: 

  1. The UW System Application for Undergraduate Admission; 
  2. An official high school transcript;
  3. A letter of recommendation from the high school counselor or principal;
  4. If the ACT exam has been completed, an ACT score report should be included.  

High School Special Students are responsible for payment of course tuition and required fees.

Youth Options Program student

Students enrolled in Wisconsin public school districts may request approval from their school district to take university courses through the Wisconsin Youth Options Program (YOP). Students must file the YOP Program Plan and Report (available from the high school counselor or principal) with their high school to request approval of YOP courses. This form is to be submitted to the high school before March 1 if applying for fall semester courses, and before October 1 if applying for spring semester courses. The high school reviews the courses requested to determine whether or not they are comparable to courses offered in the high school. The high school pays the tuition for courses deemed not comparable to courses offered in the high school. The school district may establish policy limiting the number of credits for which the school district pays up to 18 semester credits in total during the junior and senior years. If a student receives a failing grade or drops a course for which the school district has made payment, the school district may request reimbursement from the student, or from the student's parent or guardian, for all costs related to the course. Students who fail a course are not eligible to continue in the YOP. 

After receiving school approval of the YOP course requests, the student must submit the following to the UW-River Falls Admissions Office to be considered for admission to the University as a YOP student:

  1. The completed Youth Options Program Plan and Report form, approved by the school district; 
  2. The University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission;
  3. An official high school transcript;
  4. If the ACT exam has been completed, an ACT score report should also be included.
Course Options Program student

Students enrolled in a Wisconsin public school district may apply to take up to two university courses per semester at no cost to the student through the Wisconsin Course Options Program.  Participating students remain enrolled in their resident school districts for the majority of their classes, and the resident school district is responsible for the cost of the course(s).  Parents and students may obtain the Course Options application from their school counselor or the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website.  Interested students must submit the Course Options application to the University no later than six weeks before the scheduled start of the course/term.  The student's parent is required to sign the Course Options application (students who are 18 years of age or older may sign for themselves).  By signing the form, the parent/student grants permission for the University to request and obtain from the resident school district:

  • records that are necessary to determine whether or not the student meets the prerequisites for the course.
  • records relating to a student's expulsion and any pending disciplinary proceedings.

In addition to the Course Options application, the student must submit the following to the UW-River Falls Admissions Office to be considered for admission to the University as a Course Options Program student:

  1. The University of Wisconsin System Application for Undergraduate Admission;
  2. An official high school transcript;
  3. If the ACT exam has been completed, an ACT score report should also be included.  

No later than one week before the start of the requested course, the University will notify the student and resident school district if the application is accepted or rejected.


If you are considering enrolling as a degree-seeking student at UW-River Falls, the University awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

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