High School to College Programs

High School to College Programs

Our institution provides high school students with the chance to acquire college credits. Engaging in our programs designed for high school students can accelerate your college career, lower tuition expenses, and even cut down the time needed to complete your degree. Our range of programs offers adaptability, convenience, novelty, and fairness to assist you in accomplishing your academic objectives beyond high school.

Join the Marymount community today by enrolling in one of our Early College Programs!

Student Eligibility

The eligibility requirements are:

  • High school juniors and seniors in good standing.
  • Students who have a cumulative 3.0 or better GPA.
  • Obtain approval from a high school counselor and parent/guardian.

Current Early College Program Offerings

High school students can earn college credit through various options at Marymount University. Each course is taught at a college-level standard.  

  • Dual Credit: Through our partnership with high schools, we provide college-level courses in high school classrooms, allowing students to earn dual college and high school credit.
  • Early College Program: Through this program, you will earn college credits while attending Marymount University. Marymount offers online or on-campus classes.  This experience would be for students who want to take an extra course on top of their current high school schedule. Click here for more information. 
  • Pre-College Experience:  These are normally offered in the summer as Summer Institutes.  These are intense short periods to earn college credits in a particular field of study like Maker-neering:  Engineering, STEM focused: Biology, Psychology, Communications/Journalism, or Criminal Justice.


Participating in a program provides many advantages. Here are a few to consider:

1. Academic Advancement

  • Accelerated Learning: Students can advance through their education at a quicker pace, potentially allowing for early college graduation.
  • Preparedness: Exposure to college-level coursework prepares students for the rigors of higher education, facilitating a smoother transition to college.

2. Financial Savings

  • Cost-Efficient: Early college programs often come at a reduced cost or even free of charge, helping families save on tuition fees.
  • Shorter Time to Degree: By earning college credits in high school, students can potentially graduate college sooner, reducing the overall cost of their higher education.

3. Career and Educational Benefits

  • Exploration of Career Interests: These programs allow students to explore potential career paths and academic interests early on, helping to ensure they choose the right major or career path later.
  • Competitive Edge: Having college credits can give students a competitive edge in college admissions and, later, the job market.

4. Personal Growth

  • Maturity: Engaging with more complex materials and being responsible for college-level work can foster personal growth and maturity.
  • Confidence: Successfully completing college courses while still in high school can boost students’ confidence in their abilities.

5. Enhanced Skills

  • Critical Thinking: Early college programs often emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills, preparing students for both higher education and the workforce.
  • Improved Writing Skills: College courses tend to have a rigorous focus on writing, which can help students develop stronger writing skills that will benefit them in both college and their future careers.

6. College Experience

  • Network Building: Students get a chance to build networks with college professors and fellow students, which can be beneficial in the future.
  • Familiarity with College Life: Experiencing the college environment early on can reduce anxiety and make students more comfortable when they transition to college full-time.

7. School Engagement and Graduation Rates

  • Increased Engagement: Research has shown that students in early college programs are more engaged in school.
  • Higher Graduation Rates: These programs are associated with higher high school and college graduation rates compared to traditional high school programs.

Benefits of attending Marymount University 

As a Marymount Early College Program student, you receive the following benefits:

  • Student Access to library resources.
  • Student Access to support and learning services
  • Request an official Marymount transcript verifying the college credits and courses.
  • Marymount University ID for campus and event access
  • Students have the option to attend an orientation/tour at Marymount University

Early college, Dual Enrollment, and Pre-College programs offer a host of benefits, from academic advancement and financial savings to personal growth and enhanced skills. By giving high school students a taste of the college experience, these programs can help set students up for success in both their academic and professional futures, fostering a smoother transition to college and encouraging a deeper engagement with learning. Participation in such programs can be a strategic move for students, aiding them in building a strong foundation for their impending college years and beyond.