College Credit Opportunities for High School Students
Information for Students
There are a number of opportunities for you to earn college credit prior to your high school graduation, including AP, IB, and dual enrollment. These opportunities can bring additional rigor to your high school curriculum and can save you time (and money!) when you complete some of your college degree requirements while you are still in high school.
As you consider your options, you may wonder which will be viewed most favorably by college admission officers when you later apply to enroll as a high school graduate. Learn more about how your participation in AP, IB, and dual enrollment will be considered when you apply to a USG college or university as a freshman.
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, remaining graduation requirements, and other considerations, some dual enrollment students are able to attend college full-time.
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. 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 Early Colleges bring high school juniors and seniors to the college or university campus to immerse students in a college-going culture and to 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.
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.
Learn more about how you can participate in MOWR at a USG college or university.
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 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..
Please check with the USG college or university you plan to attend for additional IB credit information.