Early College

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.

Academic Affairs Contact Information


Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Create a “First Time User” account

    1. Login ID
    2. Pin
    3. Verify Pin

Select Early College Application

Complete the rest of the application as follows


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.

Students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in Early College courses in order to register for future Early College terms. Students who do not maintain a 2.0 will be taken out of preregistered classes.

Certain classes may require a minimum ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer placement score.

Costs & Savings

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 but you must complete a Need-based Early College Scholarship Application to be eligible. See your high school guidance counselor for more information.

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.

Early College

WVU Parkersburg*



Cost per 3-hour course





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

Information and Registration

Any 100-200 level course offered at WVU Parkersburg can be taken during this program if the student meets prerequisite requirements.

Visit www.wvup.edu/course-schedules to view available classes.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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:




11th Grade

6 Hours (2 classes)

6 Hours (2 classes)

12 Hours

12th Grade

9 Hours (3 classes)

9 Hours (3 classes)

18 Hours

30 Hours

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 304.424.8208 to schedule a meeting.