Advanced College Credit

Students are registering next week and I receive a ton of questions regarding college credit classes. The piece below points out some things they are not even remotely aware of. All the sophomores and juniors received a paper copy of this in Advisory. By posting it on the main page and making them go to my College Placement Page, my hope is they will discover all that is provided to them on this page.

This and That Regarding the World of Advanced College Credit

Offerings: As of 2/6/12- UMSL:  Spanish and English and Business Technology = $60 per credit hour or $180 for a three credit (hour) course. Regular undergraduate tuition at UMSL is $258.00 per credit hour.    St. Louis University: American History, American Politics, American Foreign Policy, Calculus, Physics, and Religion (an elective for seniors only and not for St. Pius religion credit requirement) =$ 65 per credit hour. Regular undergraduate tuition at SLU is $1, 170 per credit hour. Check out online at for the complete list of universities known to accept these 1818 ACC credits.

The result of taking College Credit classes and earning CC credits could include three possibilities
1.    The College accepts three CC in English as a direct replacement for their English College Credit   requirement or four credits of CC Physics apply to a Biology Major’s degree program.
2.    The college will accept the credits but apply them to the General Education credit requirements of the college.  So, the student must still take English or Physics, but these credits (including the time and money involved/saved) apply for the Gen Ed. requirements only – not to a major requirement.
3.    The college does not accept any CC taken in high school or caps the number taken.

     The advantages of numbers 1 and 2 include the student entering college with a higher class status.  This allows for a higher priority status when enrolling for the courses that semester and every semester afterwards.  For example, my son, Dylan, at Truman transferred 23 CC from St. Pius.  Therefore, in the fall of his freshmen year he had second semester freshman status. Because the seniors get first choice and so on down the class ladder, when he signed up for classes there was a greater chance he could get in. (All classes have an enrollment limit.)  The same thing applies to choosing student housing each year.

     Another overlooked advantage is when a student is faced with a particularly tough semester schedule. The classic example is in the science field.  The Killer Class in colleges everywhere is Organic Chemistry.  Many a bubble is burst because of this class.  Say a first semester junior has OC and his full load of courses equals 19 credit hours.  If he has some college credit in the bank so to speak, he could take maybe one fewer class this semester, drop to 15 hours, still be considered a full time student, keeps his scholarships because it is above 12 credits, and has much more time to devote to The Killer.  All this was set up years before while at St. Pius by enrolling in, succeeding in and paying for college credit classes. Another advantage is in becoming eligible sooner for internships and study abroad, which is class status dependent, i.e. only juniors can apply for XYZ Study Abroad.  Or you must have senior status for this New York internship opportunity.

     But there is still risk involved!  My daughter’s St. Pius college credit did not count at all at Hendrix.  We knew this might happen, it did, and thus is life.  She still had Mr. Navratil and Ms.Krussell and others.  She was challenged and learned how to write.  She was ready for the rigors of a very select academic college.  Colleges are constantly changing their policies regarding CC.  Some are capping the type and/or number of courses they will accept.  You might have earned 35 credits, but the college caps them at 20.  A primary reason for this is the college then forces you to take more courses on their campus and thus this creates more revenue.  Always check out all of this with your specific college’s representative.