College Credit Opportunities for High School Students
There are a number of opportunities for high school students to earn college credit prior to their high school graduation. These opportunities can bring additional rigor to a your high school curriculum and can save you time (and money) by completing some of your college degree requirements while you are still in high school. When considering the different options, students often ask “which options are viewed most favorably by college admission officers?”. Click here to learn more about how AP, IB, and dual enrollment are considered by the colleges and universities of the University System during their freshman admission review process.
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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. Dual enrollment students may be able to attend college part-time or full-time and, in some cases, may be eligible to reside in housing on the college campus.
Dual enrollment students enrolled in a participating Georgia high school may be eligible for funding under Georgia’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program. Please see the Move on When Ready section below for additional information.
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/MOWR 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.
Move on When Ready (MOWR)
Georgia’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program is a Dual Enrollment program that provides eligible Georgia high school students with the opportunity to take approved college courses for credit towards both their high school graduation and college degree requirements at little or no cost to the student. The MOWR program provides a student-specific award amount to the college or university the eligible student attends to be applied to the student’s tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks.
Click here to learn more about how to participate in the MOWR program at a USG college or university.
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. Georgia Academy students may be eligible to receive funding through the Move on When Ready program.
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. Early College students may be eligible to receive funding through the Move on When Ready program. 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.
Click here to 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 18.104.22.168 - Course Credits for International Baccalaureate Diploma..