There are several options for students to earn college credit while in high school. It's important that you explore each of the programs and determine which is the best fit for you.
The Early College Credit Program (ECCP)
Students at public high schools in Wisconsin can earn college credit via the ECCP Program. A student selected for the program may enroll at UW-River Falls, to take one or more courses for which the student may earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both. Under ECCP, the costs of the courses are shared among UWRF, the school district, the state, and in some cases the student's family. The ECCP option is the most affordable option. Students can earn up to 18 total credits via ECCP.
High School Special
Students may also take college courses as High School Special student. It is a great opportunity to earn college credits, however, the student and their family are responsible for the full cost of tuition. High School Special students may enroll in any course in which prerequisites have been met. Typically a student will enroll as a High School Special if a course is not approved via ECCP. Enrolling as a High School Special is the most flexible option since students can enroll in any course available at UWRF.
Dual Academic Credit Program
The River Falls High School now offers dual credit opportunities in partnership with UW-River Falls. Students may elect to earn both college credits and required high school credits simultaneously, providing students with the opportunity to earn UWRF credit at the high school. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn credits that count towards both high school and university requirements.
ITV-Northern Lights Network
UW-River Falls offers college-level courses over an interactive television network (ITV) that serves CESA 11 schools who participate in the Northern Lights Network. Classes in areas such as computer programming, teaching, special education, environmental studies and astronomy can put you a step ahead to your degree.
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For admission to the University, students generally rank in the top 40% of their class and have a 3.0 GPA or higher. High school courses completed, ACT scores, and letters of recommendation may also be considered in the evaluation of students.
Upon admission, students can enroll in university courses on a space available basis (only certain courses are offered via ITV), 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.