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Can I start my college classes in high school?

I was wondering if I could start college classes in my Junior or Senior year of high school. high-school-classes high-school collegeclasses college nurse career

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Elke’s Answer

Yes! You can begin taking college classes while you are still in high school. I taught at a community college, and some of the students in my class were high school students. They were enrolled in a high school connected to the community college, called an early collegiate high school.
I don't think that is a requirement, I think any high school student has opportunity to take college classes. I would do what the others have recommended, and that is to speak with a counselor at your school to let them know you are interested in taking college classes. There might be some requirements, like a certain GPA, and you might only be able to take certain classes. Find a community college close by and ask what you would be able to enroll in while you are still a high school student.
It looks like Lorain County Community College is closest to where you live (Grafton, Ohio). Here is the website that explains getting college credit while in high school: https://www.lorainccc.edu/college-credit-for-highschool/
Good luck!

Elke

Elke recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your school counselor about your interest in taking college classes. See what advice and information they have.
Check out the website I shared from Lorain County Community College.
Talk to someone at that college about the possibility of you taking classes there.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Brooklin! Absolutely! So there are two ways to do this; the first is taking AP classes, usually they are chemistry, biology and physics but there could be more based on your high school, and they test higher levels of academics which you will encounter in college. I took AP Biology and it really was fun plus you have great guidance from your teacher and get to do labs and learn a lot. Unfortunately, I didn't take the AP exam which you will need to take for credits, you need a 3 or above to get the credits and have them transferred. You do pay for the exam but there are also waivers for some students so you can ask your guidance counselor if need; but even with paying for the exam it is much cheaper than a college class which is around 1,000/credit (at a university, a little less expensive at cc) and these classes are about 4 credits. Another way is taking a cc class at your high school which will be offered by your high school, so just ask your guidance counselor especially during making your schedules. I took English Composition I and II my senior year for example; I paid 300 for the class all together, 150 first semester and 150 second, ( which is much cheaper than the college class), and received the credits. I was actually taught by my freshmen English teacher and it was so much fun and I learned how to write better and really read a lot of intriguing books and participated in fun presentations. I actually think these classes are not too bad and can be more manageable in high school than college, regardless you can still take them in college, but if you have the opportunity to get some credits beforehand for a much cheaper/free price, I would definitely do it. I actually wish I knew more about them beforehand and took more before college.

Best of luck!
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Dakayla’s Answer

Hello Brooklin. You can start taking college classes in high school. You can take them through a program called dual enrollment. You can always reach out to your high school advisor about registering for college classes and finding a college to attend. Sometimes the classes may even be taught at your high school. They can also be taken at the college’s campus or online. You gain high school and college credits for the college classes that you take.
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Eamon’s Answer

Yes you can! It can be a very helpful way to get credits at lower costs. Make sure to speak with a Counselor at your high school to figure out all the details of dual enrollment, but it can be a very cost-effective way to begin your college journey and can also give you more academic options later on (as it can help you meet pre-reqs for courses you would like to take in college).
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Matthew’s Answer

Yes, this is a great underutilized opportunity for High School students to get a head start on college credits. Talk to your Guidance Counselor to see what kind of options you have and also search the websites of any local colleges/community colleges in your area. Community Colleges offer the same classes as major colleges/universities at a fraction of the cost and are easily transferrable.
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Patrick’s Answer

Yes you can start your college classes early, talk to your HS guidance counselor for more information. Often times you will get credit both in HS and college. Good luck!
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