Students and Families

Get a Jump Start on College!

Interested in taking college classes while still in high school? SCSU Early College provides high school students with the opportunity to explore subjects that you can’t typically study in high school. Explore courses in health care, business, education, science, or the arts at your high school or on our college campus and earn up to 30 college credits towards a degree! If your school or district is a partner  of our Early College program, tuition is waived for Early College courses taught at your high school or at SCSU! That’s a savings of over $1,850 per course.

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Students may earn up to 30 college credits by successfully completing Early College courses at their high school for dual credit; students earn both high school and college credit for a course. Eligible students may also enroll in classes delivered by Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) faculty on our campus for college credit, and on a space-available basis. Students must receive a recommendation from their high school counselor to participate in Early College courses. The criteria are as follows:

  • High School junior or senior

  • 3.0 GPA (B average) or higher

  • High school counselors may also recommend participation in specific courses of study where students have demonstrated academic promise or successfully completed related college-level coursework with a 2.0 GPA (C average) or higher.

The grades you earn for your Early College courses will start your official academic record at SCSU. Early College courses appear on the SCSU transcript and count as attempted credit calculated in the SCSU GPA. The grade you receive on your high school transcript for the course will be determined by your high school’s grading policy and may be different from the grade you receive on your SCSU transcript for the course. Credit earned at SCSU will be accepted at any public Connecticut State College or University; other colleges and universities accept your college credits at their discretion.

Once your high school teacher or counselor has approved you to take an Early College course at your high school or at SCSU for the semester:

  1. Complete the Early College Application Form, there is no fee, and it takes just a few minutes to complete.

  2. Upload a valid and unexpired government or school-issued photo ID:

    • Driver's license or state-issued non-driver ID; or

    • Federally recognized identification such as a passport, permanent resident card, naturalization card, or certificate of citizenship; or

    • Current high school students may provide a school ID with student's name, photograph, date of birth or unique identification number.

Once your request has been approved, you will receive an email from the SCSU Early College Office with your Southern ID number and next steps!

Note: A new application must be submitted for each semester.

All bill statements will be sent to the students SCSU email (@southernct.edu) after registration is complete.

If your school or district is a partner of our Early College program, tuition and general fees are waived for Early College courses taught at your high school or at SCSU!

  • Students will be charged $65/semester for each fall and spring.

  • Students will be charged $55/session for each winter and summer.

  • These fees are waived for any student who qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch.

If your school or district is not a partner of our Early College program, you will be billed part-time tuition per credit. Information on part-time tuition and payment options are available on our website: https://inside.southernct.edu/onestop/bill-payment.

Students who have been approved to enroll in the Early College program may register for up to 2 courses each fall and spring semester or 1 course each summer for courses held at your high school by the Registration Deadline for each semester.

Registration Instructions

  • Login to Southern's Student Portal 

  • Click on Banner Web

  • Select Student Services

  • Select Registration

  • Select the Term

  • Select Add/Drop/Withdraw from Classes

  • Enter the CRN-Course Reference Number (ex. 12345) - see below to search for courses and CRN's

  • Submit

Course Search Instructions

  • Go to SCSU Class Search

  • Select Semester

  • Submit

  • Select Part of Term = Early College

  • Hit Class Search to find CRN number for courses offered at your high school

Early College students who would like to enroll in courses taught at Southern should discuss this option with their School Counselor. In addition to dual credit courses offered at your high school, the following 100- and 200-level courses held at Southern are recommended by our faculty. Students who have been approved to enroll in the Early College program may register for up to 2 courses each fall and spring semester or 1 course each summer for courses held at Southern by the Registration Deadline for each semester. Registration opens for courses held at Southern on the following dates for Early College students on a space available basis:

  • Summer 2021 Registration opens March 20, 2021

  • Fall 2021 Registration opens August 2, 2021

  • Spring 2022 Registration opens  January 3, 2022

Registration Instructions

  • Login to Southern's Student Portal 

  • Click on Banner Web

  • Select Student Services

  • Select Registration

  • Select the Term

  • Select Add/Drop/Withdraw from Classes

  • Enter the CRN-Course Reference Number (ex. 12345) - see below to search for courses and CRN's

  • Submit

Course Search Instructions

The SCSU Class Search will list current availability, and the specific start date, end date, and class times that require student attendance at Southern.

  • Go to SCSU Class Search

  • Select Semester

  • Submit

  • Enter the search criteria (or leave blank to view all)

  • Hit Class Search to find courses and their CRN number

In addition to our Early College Office, there are additional resources available to support our Early College students:

  • Academic Success Center provides tutoring or coaching for courses at no additional cost.

  • Advising provides guidance about course selection and is available at no additional cost.

  • Blackboard the course learning management system can be accessed through MySCSU portal; instructors post syllabi, assignments, discussion boards on Blackboard.

  • Transportation students with a current SCSU ID can take the campus shuttle to and from Union Station and other local stops. 

  • Student ID Card All Early College students will have a SCSU ID number. This number is required to complete the Early College application each semester. Students taking Early College courses may obtain an SCSU ID card by visiting the University Card office in the Wintergreen Building.

New Haven students entering 10th grade may participate in the ConnCAP Pre-College Program. Supported by a grant received from the Office of Higher Education, this program builds academic skills, provides career exploration, facilitates campus visits, and enables students to participate in activities at Southern. If you are rising 10th grader in the New Haven Public School district and interested, complete this application form.  Contact Katie De Oliveira if you have any questions deoliveirak1@southernct.edu