How to Enroll in an Early College Course
Students attending high school in a school district with a signed Early College agreement in place with SCSU may take an Early College course with 100% of their tuition and the majority of their fees waived.
Students need to complete the following steps to enroll in an Early College course:
- Be approved by your high school teacher or guidance counselor
- Register as a SCSU Visiting Student
- Submit your tuition and fee Waiver Request Secondary Student form
- Register for the Early College class you wish to take
1. Be approved by your high school teacher or guidance counselor
Early College courses taught at high schools in partner school districts are identical to the courses taught on the SCSU campus. Academic eligibility to enroll for SCSU Early College courses is determined by a student’s high school teacher or guidance counselor, who will assess the student’s readiness for a college-level learning experience.
2. Register as a SCSU Visiting Student
If your high school teacher or guidance counselor has approved you to take an Early College course at your high school or at SCSU:
- Complete the SCSU Visiting Student Registration Request. Your request will be processed by the SCSU Registrar’s Office in two to three business days. (Note: the question “Have you attended Southern before?” includes Early College classes taken at your high school or at SCSU.)
- Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email from the SCSU Registrar’s Office with your Southern ID number and instructions for logging in to your SCSU email account.
3. Submit your tuition and fee waiver request
- Complete the Waiver Request – Secondary Student fillable .pdf form.
- Select “Type A” waiver if you will take an Early College class taught by a SCSU faculty member at your high school or on SCSU’s campus.
- Select “Type C” waiver if you will take an Early College class taught by your high school teacher at your high school.
- Log in to your Southern email account (see step 2 above).
- Send an email to EarlyCollege@southernct.edu that
- Uses the subject line “[Student ID] [Last name, First name] Early College Waiver”
- Provides the Early College course(s) you intend to register for.
- Attach your completed Waiver Request – Secondary Student as a .pdf attachment.
4. Register for the Early College class you wish to take
Registration for Fall classes is from early April through early September and registration for Spring classes is from early November through late January. You will receive registration instructions from the SCSU registrar’s office in your SCSU email. Your specific registration date will depend on whether you are taking a course at your high school or at SCSU. Your high school teacher or guidance counselor can help you register for your Early College course(s). The tuition and fee waiver (submitted in step 3 above) will be applied after you register for your Early College course(s).
Questions? Email EarlyCollege@southernct.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what grade level can I register for an Early College course?
Academic eligibility to enroll for SCSU Early College courses is determined by a student’s high school teacher or guidance counselor, who will assess the student’s readiness for a college-level learning experience. Early College students must be recommended by their high school instructor or guidance counselor.
How many classes am I allowed to take per semester?
Each student is allowed to take up to two classes per semester; a student can take a total of three Early College courses during their high school career.
Why would I receive a bill from SCSU?
Early College courses taught at SCSU are typically free, while Early College courses taught at a partnering high school typically cost $65 per course.
How will I be billed by SCSU?
When you are registered as an SCSU Visiting Student, a student account is created for you. Bill notifications are sent to student’s SCSU email address. Students can also can view their account by logging in to MySCSU >> Banner Web >> Student >> Billing/Payments >> View/Pay Your Bill.
How do I pay my bill?
You can click here to pay bills online via the TouchNet system, or visit the SCSU Student Accounts Office in the Wintergreen Building on SCSU’s campus Monday through Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm.
When do Early College courses start and end?
If the Early College course is taught on SCSU’s campus then the SCSU University Calendar will be followed. If the course is taught at your high school, your high school’s academic calendar will be followed.
Do I need to purchase books and materials for my course?
This will depend on the course, but you should expect to purchase required books and materials for each course. Some high schools may be able to support some or all of the cost of required books and materials for your Early College course—talk with your guidance counselor. Textbooks and materials assigned for SCSU courses can be purchased at the SCSU Bookstore. Many students choose to rent their books or purchase them used from online vendors. If you choose to do this, be aware that your instructor may require a specific edition of a required textbook.
Will I have a SCSU ID card?
All Early College students will have a SCSU ID number. Students taking Early College course(s) on SCSU’s campus can obtain an SCSU ID card by visiting the University Card office in the Wintergreen Building. Students taking Early College course(s) at their high school will not receive a SCSU ID card.
Do I have access to tutoring services and the writing center when I take an Early College course?
Yes. To book an in-person appointment with a tutor or a writing specialist in SCSU’s Academic Success Center visit SCSU’s Academic Success Center website. You can also contact the Academic Success Center at (203) 392-8967.
Can I participate in on-campus activities when I take an Early College course at SCSU?
Early College students may participate in any on-campus event open to the public.
Is transportation available if I am taking an Early College course on SCSU’s campus?
Yes. There are SCSU shuttles that run on the hour from Downtown--New Haven to Union Station. There are also full-campus shuttles that goes around the campus every 10 minutes. You can track the location of the shuttle by visiting SCSU shuttle website. Student can also utilize the CT Transit bus system to travel to the SCSU campus: the typical buses from downtown to SCSU are bus 243A and 243B.The main SCSU bus stop is located at the Adanti Student Center (at Crescent and Fitch St). Visit CT Transit for bus routes and schedules.
What is BlackBoard Learn and how do I access it?
BlackBoard Learn is SCSU’s Learning Management System, where you will access your course syllabus, schedule, and complete course assignments. To access BlackBoard visit the MySCSU access panel on the SCSU website. Log in with the SCSU registrar’s office with your Southern ID number and instructions for logging in to your SCSU email account username and password provided in your acceptance email (the same email that contains your Southern ID), then click on the Blackboard tab for access.
How do I get my SCSU transcript?
Your SCSU transcript is free. To access your transcript, log on to MySCSU >> Banner Web >> Student Services >> Student Records >> Transcript Official.
How can I withdraw from an Early College course?
To withdraw from an Early College course prior to the 12th week of classes according to the deadline posted on the University Calendar, log on to MySCSU >> Banner Web >> Student Services >> Registration >> Add/Drop/Withdraw.
How will the grade I earn in an Early College course affect my future college GPA?
The grades you earn for your Early College courses will appear on your SCSU transcript. These courses will count as attempted credit and will be used to calculate your SCSU GPA. If you are taking an Early College course for dual credit, you will also earn high school credit for the course and a separate grade from your high school. 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.
Which colleges and universities accept Early College credits towards a college degree?
College credit for all courses completed will be recorded on the student’s official SCSU transcript. College credit may be used to satisfy requirements at SCSU. Check with a specific school’s Admissions office for their transfer credit policies to determine the transferability of SCSU credit towards their degree requirements.
How will Early College credits be applied towards a degree program at SCSU?
All Early College courses can be applied to SCSU degree requirements. Generally, Early College course fulfill general education requirements; however, some courses may satisfy major course requirements.
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