High school students can earn college credit while still enrolled in high school through Southern Oregon University. All the SOU early college options available to students still earning a high school diplomas are coordinated through the Pre-College Programs office. 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 is dual credit that counts both toward high school and college.This program offers students a great way to get a headstart on college requirements and save money.

ASC offers students the opportunity to begin earning college credits 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 are offered at a siginifcantly reduced tuition rate. Students complete ASC classes on site at their high school, and can earn an average of 4-8 college credits per class.

ASC tuition is set at a 75% savings off the regular SOU student price per credit.

Learn more about participating schools and classes, and how to enroll in ASC on our webpage for this program.

2) Early Entry (EE)

SOU allows approved high school students to enroll in and attend courses on campus, while still making on-time progress toward graduation at their high school.

This is an accelerated learning program suitable for advanced students prepared for the challenge of college rigor and a campus atmosphere . Students who wish to be considered will meet with their high school counselor and the Early Entry program coordinator to confirm that their eligibity and be oriented to program 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 while they are participating in the Early Entry program.

Learn more about eligibility for 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 will view it as an indicator of the likelihood of future college success.

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