High school students can earn college credit while still enrolled in high school through Southern Oregon University.

Dual credit options provide students with opportunities to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. 

Early college credit programs aim to encourage a college-going confidence and boost the likelihood of future success in a post-secondary atmosphere. 

Whether a student is planning to attend Southern Oregon University or another institution, this accelerated learning option for earning early college credit provides many benefits:

  • Helps students prepare for the academic rigors of college and build college-going confidence
  • Allows students to earn college credits now that can reduce the time required to complete a degree
  • Can save students and their families future tuition costs by earning early college credits now at a fraction of the full rates

SOU Pre-College Youth Programs offers two ways for students to access college credit:

1) Advanced Southern Credit (ASC)

ASC offers students the opportunity to begin a university education while still in high school, without traveling to a university campus. Students take classes offered at their high school that have been approved by SOU, and enroll in SOU at a reduced tuition rate. Students complete ASC classes on site at their high school, and will earn an average of 3-4 college credits per class.

This program offers students a great way to get a headstart on college requirements and save money.

ASC tuition is currently $50 per credit, or $200 for a 4-credit class. This is a 75+% savings off the regular SOU student price per credit.

Learn more about participating schools and classes, and how to enroll in ASC.

2) Early Entry (EE)

SOU allows approved high school students to enroll in and attend courses on campus, while also completing high school graduation requirements at their local school.

This is an accelerated learning program suitable for advanced students prepared for the challenge of college rigor and atmosphere . Students who wish to be considered will meet with their high school counselor and the Early Entry program coordinator to confirm that they are prepared to handle college-level coursework that will contribute toward a college GPA and independently navigate an adult college environment and expectations.

EE also offers a savings off of full tuition costs. Approved students can register for 100 and 200 level courses at a savings of 50% off the regular SOU price per credit.

Learn more about eligibility for and admittance to the Early Entry program.

Do Early College Credits Transfer to Other Schools?

  • SOU credits awarded for ASC and EE courses are accepted by all public universities in Oregon.

  • Most colleges and universities in the United States accept ASC and EE credits, but there may be differences in how the credit is applied. We encourage students to check with their intended future institution about their current credit transfer policies.

  • Most colleges and universities will give early college credits like those earned in ASC and EE more weight than AP credits when a student submits an application, and view it as an indicator of the likelihood of future college success.

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