Get a head start on college. Go on, we dare you. There are several ways to earn college credit in high school.
Did you know that you might already have college credit? VCU’s accelerated baccalaureate options may allow you to complete some general education requirements while you are still in high school, freeing your schedule for more advanced classes that excite and challenge you.
The International Baccalaureate examinations and the Advanced Placement tests of the College Entrance Examination Board determine advanced placement. Charts detailing VCU’s policy for granting credit for both IB and AP test scores can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. To ensure consistency, the VCU Transfer Center will be the official credit notification point for IB and AP courses. Final determination of credit will be made after test results have been received and have been evaluated by the university. Accepted credits are counted as credits earned toward the degree but are not used in the computation of your VCU GPA. The School of the Arts will evaluate courses taken in music, theatre or visual arts before any credit is awarded.
Qualified students who have taken college-level courses while still enrolled in a secondary school also may receive academic credit. Courses taken as dual enrollment courses will be treated as VCU courses or transfer credits according to the evaluation guidelines in the undergraduate bulletin.
If you are a high school academic achiever in the Richmond area and are interested in taking college courses, then the Advanced Scholars Program is for you. Advanced scholars earn college credit and get firsthand experience as a student at a university. To qualify for this program, you must be a second semester junior or a senior, have a combined SAT score of at least 1180, have a combined PSAT score of at least 118 and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Additional information about the program and applications may be requested from the Office of Admissions.