Enroll in AP and IB Programs
The College Board develops Advanced Placement (AP) courses in more than 30 subjects, from calculus and Spanish to United States history. And more than 2,500 secondary schools in 150 countries offer college-level courses that prepare students for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. If your school is authorized to offer these courses, you can earn college credit.
Take Classes at Select UW Campuses
One of the simplest ways to get a head start is applying for special student status at a UW System campus. As a special student, you’re approved to take college courses and earn college credits because you are not seeking a degree.
Youth Apprenticeship Programs
Get real-world experience plus hands-on learning in fields like biotechnology, engineering, finance, health services, and printing. Better yet, those courses can help you meet college admission requirements.
Take Classes Through the Wisconsin ECCP
High school students at public and private high schools in Wisconsin can earn college credit through the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). Students in the ECCP program take college-level courses at a UW campus (or other approved institution). Students then may earn high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both.
Project Lead the Way
Are you curious about engineering, computer science, or biomedical science careers? Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national program that lets high school students take advanced STEM courses that can earn college credit. Ask if your high school offers Project Lead the Way (PLTW) coursework.
Start classes anytime, finish them within a year, and study on your own, at a pace that suits your needs. Choose from nearly 100 courses in math, science, humanities, foreign language, and more, including online and print-based options.