Early College Applicants
The benefits of starting college early are many. You will save money because Northeast offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state. The grades and credits earned can be used towards a degree at Northeast or transferred to another college. You will also be familiar with the college environment before your first day of college. Typically, students who take college credit courses during high school are twice as likely to attend college after graduation.
Start Earning College Credits
You can earn college credit while in high school through Dual Credit, Fridays @ Northeast and College Credit-Only classes.
The Early College Program provides the opportunity for currently enrolled high school students to register in college credit courses. This includes dual credit courses and college-credit only classes.
All students under the age of 19 and who have not graduated from high school must have written permission from a parent or legal guardian prior to enrollment. Early College students may enroll in courses that are 1000 level or higher. Students under age 16 must have approval of the Academic Dean, Dean of Enrollment Management, and the course instructor(s) prior to enrolling.
Northeast recommends that Early College students rank in the upper one-half of their high school class and have a GPA of 3.0 or above or have an ACT composite score of 20 or a subscore that meets the requirements of the related area. Students who do not meet these requirements are encouraged to visit with their high school counselor or the Director of Early College at Northeast. Mandatory Placement requirements apply to anyone taking math and/or English classes. Guidelines can be found on the Northeast website or by contacting the Northeast Testing Center.
For dual credit courses and college-credit classes, Early College students must complete a special Application for Admission/Registration form. These forms are available through high school counselors, the Northeast Admissions Office, or on the Northeast website. Payment is due on or before the first day of class.
The credits and grades earned will become part of the student’s permanent Northeast transcript. An Early College student who plans to attend Northeast after high school graduation must submit an official Application for Admission.
Dual Credit classes allow you to earn both high school and college credits at the same time during the school day. In order to offer a Dual Credit class, a school must follow guidelines that are set by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. These rules cover teacher credentials, amount of time spent in class, and coursework rigor.
The Fridays @ Northeast program is a unique opportunity for high school seniors to spend Fridays on the college campuses as college students using our lab spaces and classrooms. The courses offered through Fridays @ Northeast will provide an introduction to a variety of career and technical programs and will lead into a program of study upon high school graduation. You will receive high school credit in addition to college credit per approval of the high school.
College Credit-Only classes are usually taught outside of the typical high school day; yet some might be held during regular high school hours. A notable difference between College Credit-Only and Dual Credit/Fridays @ Northeast classes is that the instructors are qualified to teach only at the college level, not at the high school level. You can take College Credit-Only classes in the following ways:
- Through interactive distance learning in a specially-equipped room at your high school
- With an online course, which is conducted over the internet on a special website where the instructor and students exchange information, assignments, and tests
- By attending classes on-campus or at one of Northeast’s extended campuses
READY TO START EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT IN HIGH SCHOOL?
If you do not have a My Northeast account, or if you have taken classes with Northeast and already have a My Northeast account, you must still complete the online application before registering for classes. Please choose Apply for Admission.
Please speak with your high school counselor about the Northeast classes available at your high school or contact:
Makala Williams, Director of Early College
(800) 348-9033, ext. 7118, or (402) 844-7118