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 or through the Early College Credit Program (beginning Fall 2018). 

For admission to the University, students must 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.

Applying as a:

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.

Early College Credit Program (ECCP) Student

Students enrolled in Wisconsin public school districts may request approval from their school district to take university courses through the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). Students must file the ECCP Program Agreement Form with their high school to request approval of ECCP 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. ECCP students will register after UWRF degree seeking students.  The ECCP is designed for students to take 100/200 level courses.  

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 ECCP. 

Admission Criteria

Students must be a junior or senior in the top 40% of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be considered for ECCP on a case-by-case basis by submitting significant and convincing letters of recommendation. An essay may also be requested.

Also note:

  • AP coursework in physical science is required to take science courses.
  • AP math test scores are required in order to apply for a math course. A math placement test may also be required.
  • Modern language courses require an on campus placement test.
  • Registration is on a space available basis.
  • Approval by your high school does not guarantee admission to the University.

Application Process

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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