High School Early Experience Students
Interested in taking college classes while you're in high school? With our High School Early Experience program, you can explore subjects you can’t study in high school, and get a jump start on your academic career with DU course credits.
What is the Early Experience Program?
High school juniors and seniors take undergraduate courses through our Early Experience Program. They continue pursuing their high school diplomas while simultaneously taking college classes at DU each quarter.
Which courses do Early Experience students take?
Students sign up for classes that supplement and enrich their high school curriculum. Most early experience students take one to two classes per quarter. They often enroll in courses that aren’t available at their high schools.
How do I select my courses?
Our Center for Academic Advising offers guidance for early experience students. They’ll assist you with course selection, registration and academic planning.
Can I earn college credits through Early Experience?
Yes, you can earn college credits through our Early Experience Program. If you later choose to attend DU as an undergraduate student, we’ll add all of your Early Experience courses to your academic record.
Can course credits be transferred to other colleges and universities?
Yes, you can transfer credits that you’ve earned through our Early Experience Program to other universities. Transfers are subject to the credit policies of other institutions. You can request your official DU transcripts online through the Office of the Registrar.
What does EEP cost?
You must pay an application fee of $65. If admitted, you’ll receive a half-tuition scholarship. You’ll be responsible for all other fees or charges associated with your course(s). Additional information about tuition and fees can be found here.
Who’s eligible to apply?
If you’re a high school junior or senior who meets our requirements, we’ll consider you for admission. We may make exceptions for highly qualified first- and second-year high school students.
Do you have a GPA requirement?
Most early experience students have a 3.5 GPA or higher and rank in the top 15 percent of their class.
Our college application process takes around one month from application to decision. We’ll notify you of your status after we receive and review all application materials. We cannot consider incomplete applications.
- EEP application
- Parent Approval Form
- School Approval Form with a written recommendation regarding preparedness for college work
- Official transcripts 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
- $65 application fee
Depending on your courses, you may need to meet other admission requirements (e.g. theatre or music auditions).
- Completing your application
We must receive all materials at least one month prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll.
- Fall Quarter: August 1
- Winter Quarter: December 1
- Spring Quarter: February 15
- Summer Quarter: May 1
Permission to continue
Before each quarter, we evaluate your permission to continue in our program. If you register for any academic term without permission, we’ll charge you DU's full tuition rate.
We reserve the right to withdraw a student from this program at any time. Poor academic performance or misconduct related to academics or behavior may be grounds for dismissal.
Enrollment is subject to space availability and course prerequisites.
All students in this program enroll as non-degree candidates.
Have other questions? Contact Sarah Thorstenson at 303-871-7836 or at Sarah.Thorstenson@du.edu.
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