High School Students: Get Credit Before College

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May 31st, 2009

Depending on where you are in your high school years, you should know that there are many ways to earn credits towards your college degree. Many of these methods apply to advanced students, but that doesn’t mean others can’t find a way to take advantage of them. Just know that these ways of getting ahead in college will require a lot of work on your part. If you’re willing to do the work, then don’t hesitate to look into some of these options.

Your first option is to take as many AP courses as possible, as these courses will significantly help you take care of general education requirements in college. Of course, you can’t just sign up for an AP course; you’ll have to get tracked into the course, which means you should work hard all through high school and pursue the opportunities you have, even if it means taking subjects that aren’t your favorite. But, don’t worry: it will be worth it in college when you don’t have to take a huge first year Physics or Biology course.

Another thing you should consider doing is enrolling in classes at a local community college. Take classes that you know will meet the general education requirements at your future university. Make sure that an academic advisor at the university says that the courses you’ll take at the community college will transfer over without a problem. Doing this during high school or the summer before your freshman year will require a lot of work, but it could get you to sophomore status by your second semester if you plan it right.

Finally, you should consider a summer program at your college. These will sometimes help already enrolled or incoming freshmen catch up on subjects that might give them trouble in college. Or you can find accelerated and honors programs will help you get ahead. Basically, these summer programs offer you a great chance to familiarize yourself with the school in a pretty relaxed environment while you take care of general education requirements.

Taking care of as many credits as possible before you go to college allows you to do a few things with your academic career. One, it allows you to possibly graduate early, thus saving you time and money. Two, it allows you to take your time, if you’d like, to get your major at a slower pace; that way, you can take more classes that will suit your specific interests and help you get a job, rather than taking time to get the basics out of the way. In both cases, you’ll have to do a lot of work up front, but the benefits are worth it.

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