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High School Early Experience

Go to college as you're finishing high school.


What is the Early Experience Program?
The Early Experience Program (EEP) is for high school juniors and seniors who want to enrich their secondary school experience with university-level courses. Students chosen for the program remain in high school, pursuing their diplomas, while choosing courses from the undergraduate offerings each academic quarter at the University of Denver. Courses taken at the University are intended to be used for college credit. Students are classified as non-degree candidates.

What courses do EEP students take?
Students take courses that supplement and enrich high school curriculum, usually courses that are not available in the high schools. Students generally enroll in one or two courses each quarter. Enrollment in any course is subject to the availability of space and meeting course prerequisites. The University's Center for Academic Advising offers guidance for EEP students, to assist them in course selection, registration and academic planning.

Can this course work be transferred to other colleges and universities?
A record of all courses taken through EEP will be added to your University of Denver academic record, if you choose to enroll as a degree candidate at DU. Courses you have successfully completed may be transferred to other post-secondary institutions, subject to their transfer of credit policies. You can request transcripts from the Office of the Registrar.

What does EEP cost?
An application fee of $65 is required. All students admitted will be granted a half-tuition scholarship. However, each student is responsible for any additional fees or charges associated with a particular course. 

Who is eligible to apply?
If you are currently a junior or senior in high school who meets the requirements outlined below, you will be considered for admission to EEP. Exceptions may be made for highly qualified first– and second-year high school students. Most selected students have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and rank in the top 15 percent of their class.

Application Process

From application to decision, the process takes approximately one month. Applications will not be reviewed until complete. You will be notified of your status as soon as possible after all required application materials have been received and reviewed.

Admission is based on review of the following materials:

  • Completed EEP application
  • Parent Approval Form
  • School Approval Form with a written recommendation regarding preparedness for college work
  • Official transcript of all secondary work to date with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • List of courses in progress and courses planned for the current or upcoming year
  • Admission interview (Once your application is complete, a staff member from EEP will contact you to arrange an interview.)
  • Depending on the course interest, you may need to meet other requirements (e.g. theatre or music auditions).
  • $65 application fee

To apply for admission, complete the EEP application online and upload, email or mail additional materials to Undergraduate Admission.


Mailing Address:

Undergraduate Admission
University of Denver
2197 S University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9401 

We must receive all materials in Undergraduate Admission at least one month prior to the quarter in which you want to enroll.

Fall Quarter: August 1 Winter Quarter: December 1 Spring Quarter: February 15 Summer Quarter: May 1

Permission to continue in the Early Experience Program is evaluated prior to each academic term. The University reserves the right to withdraw a student from this program at any time for poor academic performance or any misconduct related to academics or behavior.

For additional questions, please contact Roderick Rose, Associate Director of Admission, at 303-871-7890 or at