Early College

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What is Early College?

During the 2017-2018 school year, juniors and seniors at Wood County high schools have a special opportunity to participate in WVU Parkersburg’s brand new Early College program. This program is open to students with a 2.5 GPA or higher. High school students can earn college credits while earning their high school diploma. Participants in the program get the full college experience, including access to tutoring, advising, the library, bookstore, campus activities and more, attending classes on our campus alongside regular college students. Attend one of the information sessions below to learn more!


Costs: Tuition & Fees

Early College tuition for the 2017-2018 year is $50 per credit hour plus the cost of books and fees. Students are also eligible for this tuition for summer classes prior to their junior or senior year. Fees vary based on courses. For students driving to class, parking is $25 per semester.

Eligibility & Additional Info

To qualify for enrollment in Early College, students must be either a junior or senior in high school during the 2017-2018 school year. Early College does not allow students to take online courses.

How much money can students and parents save by enrolling in Early College?

The chart below shows how the cost of Early College at WVU Parkersburg 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 nearly $6,500 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 $564 $954 $852
Cost for 30 college credits (First full year of college) $1,500 $4,230 $9,540 $8,520

**Rates based on 2016 academic year.

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

By enrolling and planning early, students can complete their college freshman year before even receiving their high school diploma. To do this, students would need to apply for Early College before beginning their junior year of high school. Note: The schedule below is not required to be enrolled in Early College. It is just an example of how it is possible to complete a full year of college in high school. Students can take as little as one class per semester and develop a schedule according to what best fits individual needs.

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

Fall Spring Summer Total
11th Grade 6 Hours (2 classes) 6 Hours (2 classes) 6 Hours (2 classes) 18 Hours
12th Grade 6 Hours (2 classes) 6 Hours (2 classes) 12 Hours
30 Hours

How do I apply to Early College?

Fill out the application at the link below and turn it in to the Center for Student Services at WVU Parkersburg, or click here for the electronic application.

How do Early College students know what classes to take?

Once the Early College application is submitted, advisors will be available to help students choose classes. Because each student’s high school schedule is different, students will be able to choose class times that work best for them. Click here for the course schedules.

Course Registration

Once enrolled, Early College students will have a priority registration date and be able to meet with advisors to register for class. Campus tours will also be available.Fall-2015-0098

What classes are available?

Any 100-200 level course offered at WVU Parkersburg can be taken during this program if the student meets prerequisite requirements or placement test scores. Accuplacer tests are offered at WVU Parkersburg in the Center for Student Services, for cost of $10.00. To Register for testing, call 304.424.8310. Learn more about the tests by clicking here

How many college courses can high school students take?

WVU Parkersburg recommends no more than six credit hours (two classes) for the first semester of Early College.

Can these courses count as dual credit?

Dual credit means the college course can be transferred back to the high school to be included as part of the high school credits required to graduate. With the high school’s permission, these courses can count as both high school and college credit. The 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?

Yes. WVU Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. If the student plans to attend college out of state, he or she should check with that college for more information. Most states support programs like Early College because these programs help students graduate sooner with less debt. In addition, many programs and general education courses have been articulated with WVU and provide students a chance to get a head start if they plan to continue at WVU. Click here for a list of majors.