College Credit Opportunities for High School Students
Information for High School Counselors
There are a number of opportunities for high school students to earn college credit prior to their high school graduation, including AP, IB, and dual enrollment. These opportunities can bring additional rigor to their high school curriculum and can save them time (and money) when they complete college degree requirements while still in high school.
When students are considering their available options, some may wonder which will be viewed most favorably by college admission officers when they later apply to enroll as a high school graduate. Learn more about how participation in AP, IB, and dual enrollment is considered by the USG college and university admission offices.
Dual enrollment provides students with the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school. Typically, dual enrollment students take a college course (or courses) on the campus of a college or university located in or near their community. In some instances, students may be able to take online college courses and/or college courses offered on their high school campus. Depending on their high school schedule and remaining requirements, some dual enrollment students are able to attend college full-time. Eligible high school students attending an eligible Georgia high school may be eligible to take certain college courses at little or no cost.
Each University System of Georgia (USG) college and university has established requirements and deadlines for students to participate in their dual enrollment program. Interested students should speak with their high school counselor and the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at their USG college or university of interest to discuss their options. Students are encouraged to have these conversations as early as possible as there are important deadlines that must be met.
The Georgia Academy Residential Dual Enrollment
The Georgia Academy of Arts, Mathematics, Engineering, and Sciences (GAMES), is a highly selective dual enrollment program on the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State University (MGSU). Successful completion of this two year, residential program is designed to allow a student to complete a high school diploma and a college associate degree simultaneously (if entered the junior year), and transfer with junior status in most majors to four-year colleges and universities.
The Georgia Early Colleges
The Georgia Early Colleges are schools that partner with a local school system and a University System of Georgia institution to blend high school and the first two years of college. The schools bring high school juniors and seniors to USG college or university campus to immerse students in a college-going culture and connect them with post-secondary experiences including the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits. Early Colleges address the unique mission to raise the high school graduation and post-secondary success rates of minority, first generation college and low-income youth. A list of the Early College sites can be found online at the Georgia Early College website.
In recognition of the fact that a strong predictor of college success is a rigorous high school curriculum, the USG colleges and universities award academic credit to students who score well on one or more of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
View the college credit granted by AP exam type and score for each of the USG colleges and universities.
In recognition of the fact that a strong predictor of college success is a rigorous high school curriculum, the USG colleges and universities award academic credit to students who score well on one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Additional information can be found in BOR Policy 188.8.131.52 - Course Credits for International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Students should check with the USG college or university they plan to attend for additional IB credit information.