It's Never Too Early for a Head Start
Through Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit program, available at participating institutions across the world, students can jumpstart their academic careers by earning college credit (at a discounted rate) for college classes.
The program is open to qualified high school students who’ve demonstrated the ability, motivation and maturity to begin their college education before their high school days are behind them.
Take the example of Molly Diehl. After enrolling in the program as a junior at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, Illinois, she was able to tackle enough advanced coursework that she started at SLU with sophomore-student status.
It should be noted that expectations for program participants are high. Qualifying high school courses maintain the same rigor and demands as courses taught on campus.
Eligible students are required to have teacher and school approval and meet the following requirements:
- Juniors and seniors must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and electronic approval of the 1818 course instructor or 1818 Partner Coordinator.
- Sophomores are eligible to enroll in 1818 courses in certain circumstances, to include sequenced 1818 courses in mathematics (College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III) and foreign languages (courses numbered 1010 or above). Sophomores may be approved by 1818 Partners to enroll if the student meets all of the following requirements:
- a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- completed the pre-requisite course(s) with a grade(s) of “B” or higher
- provide a signed letter of recommendation from the principal and guidance counselor attesting to the student’s suitability to take this course for college credit
- provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian
- electronic approval of the 1818 course instructor or 1818 Partner Coordinator
- Freshmen are not eligible to enroll in 1818 courses.