Early College

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What is Early College?

Early College allows high school students to earn college credits while earning their high school diploma. Participants in the program get to jumpstart their college experience by taking classes at our campus alongside regular college students or at their high school during the normal school day. Students also have access to advising, the library, bookstore, free tutoring, campus activities and more at WVU Parkersburg.


To qualify for Early College enrollment, a student must:

• Be a sophomore, junior or senior in high school during the 2019-2020 school year.

• Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.

Costs: Tuition & Books

Tuition: Tuition is $50 per credit hour for the 2019-2020 school year.*

Books: Students are responsible for the costs of books and materials required for classes.

*Scholarships may be available for qualifying students. See your high school guidance counselor for more information.

College Savings

The chart below shows how the cost of WVU Parkersburg’s Early College program compares to costs at other major colleges in the state. With proper planning, it is possible for students to complete their first full year of college within their last two years of high school. This means students and parents can save up to $23,760 in tuition by enrolling in Early College.

WVU Parkersburg Early College Regular WVU Parkersburg Tuition** WVU Tuition** Marshall University Tuition**
Cost per 3-hour course $150 $459 $942 $876

**Rates are subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Course Information

Any 100-200 level course offered at WVU Parkersburg can be taken during this program if the student meets prerequisite requirements. To view classes available, visit www.wvup.edu/course-schedules. Classes meet according to WVU Parkersburg’s calendar, not county school calendars. This includes days on which local schools issue closings/delays for inclement weather, but WVU Parkersburg does not close. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the college.

Course Registration

Please call 304.424.8310 to make an appointment to register, or visit the Center for Student Services at WVU Parkersburg’s main building in Parkersburg for information on course registration. Please allow approximately 30 minutes for orientation and registration. Center for Student Services Orientation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Can These Courses Count as Dual Credit?

With the high school’s permission, Early College courses can count as both high school and college credit. The student’s high school will determine if the course will substitute for a specific high school course. Remember, the grade received in the course will also transfer back to high school, so it can impact the student’s high school graduation rank and status.

Do Courses Offered at WVU Parkersburg Transfer to Other Colleges?

Yes, many credits and programs will transfer. WVU Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the same body that accredits WVU. Visit transfer.wvup.edu to find course transfer guidelines for other colleges. Students planning to attend an out-of-state college should check with that individual college for more information on course transfers. Most states support programs like Early College because they help students graduate sooner with less debt.

How can students complete a full year of college while still in high school?

Students can complete their college freshman year before receiving their high school diploma. To do this, students need to apply for Early College before beginning their junior year of high school.

Below is a sample schedule for completing 30 credit hours within the last two years of high school:

Fall Spring Total
11th Grade ENGL 101 (3 credit hours)Society, Diversity and Connections elective (3 credit hours) ENGL 102 (3 credit hours)Human Inquiry and the Past elective (3 credit hours) 12 hours
12th Grade Math and Quantitative Skills elective (3 credit hours)Society, Diversity and Connections elective (3 credit hours)

COMM 111 (3 credit hours)

Science and Technology elective (3 credit hours)The Arts and Creativity elective (3 credit hours)

Free elective (3 credit hours)

 18 hours
 Total Credit Hours  30

It is possible to earn a degree certificate in Early College. Upon successful completion of all of the above 30 credit hours, the student will receive a Certificate of Applied Science in General Education.

Note: The schedule above is not required to be enrolled in Early College. It is an example of how to complete a full year of college in high school. Students can develop a schedule according to what best fits their individual needs.

For more information, contact WVU Parkersburg’s Office of Academic Affairs at 304.424.8308 to schedule a meeting.


For more information, contact WVU Parkersburg Admissions at ude.puvwnull@snoissimda or 304.424.8310.