Students and Families

Get a Jump Start on College! Southern's Early College program provides high school students with the opportunity to explore courses in health care, business, education, science, or the arts and earn up to 30 college credits towards a degree. Courses are held either at your high school or on our college campus and if your school or district is a partner, tuition is waived, that’s a savings of over $1,850 per course.

Teenage classmates standing in high school hallway

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 counselor has approved you to take an Early College course:

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

  2. Once your approved, you will receive an acceptance email from the SCSU Early College Office.

  3. Follow the instructions in the email to register for classes.

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.

Early College students may register for up to 2 courses each fall and spring and 1 course each summer. 

How to Register

  • Register any time between November 17, 2021 and February 3, 2022

  • 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 (see below)

  • Submit

Spring 2022 Courses

High School

Instructor

CRN

Subject

Course

Section

Ansonia HS

Christine Davis

42554

EDU

200

H2

Bunnell HS

Kathleen O'Brien

42532

MAT

120

HS1

Bunnell HS

James Stein

42533

MAT

120

HS2

Bunnell HS

Garrett Covino

42520

WGS

100

H1

Bunnell HS

Sarah Krikorian

42521

WGS

100

H2

Career HS

Rose Murphy

42192

JRN

101

H1

Career HS

Rose Murphy

42212

JRN

101

H2

Common Ground

Sarah Bowles

42577

THR

298

H1

Debry HS

Christopher Grillo

42518

ENG

201

H1

Naugatuck HS

Keith Fowler

42350

EDU

200

H1

New Haven Acad.

Aukje Lamonica

42545

PCH

202

H1

Stratford HS

Jillian Barnych

42534

MAT

120

HS3

Stratford HS

Michael Fiorello

42522

WGS

100

H3

Stratford HS

Jessica Teague

42523

WGS

100

H4

Woodland HS

Courtney Ambrose

42519

PSY

227

H1

Woodland HS

Courtney Ambrose

42720

PSY

227

H2

Woodland HS

Kristen Lengyel

42517

ART

264

H1

Early College students who would like to enroll in courses taught at Southern should discuss this option with their School Counselor. Students may register for up to 2 courses each fall and spring semester or 1 course each summer.

Course Search 

The following 100- and 200-level courses held at Southern are recommended by our faculty. The SCSU Class Search will list current availability, and the specific start date, end date, and class times 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

How to Register

  • Register any time between November 29, 2021 and January 19, 2022

  • 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)

  • Submit

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