CBC students are able to earn college credit while in high school via our participation in the Advanced Placement Program (AP) as well as through our partnerships with the SLU 1818 and UMSL ACP programs. These courses are the same courses that are taught to freshmen and sophomores on the respective college campus. The difference is that high school students take these classes at a greatly reduced cost, on their high school campus, with their own high school teachers. Here are just a few reasons why students enroll in dual credit courses:
- Advanced coursework assists in the preparation of students for college level work.
- Students who successfully complete dual credit coursework will have a head start on meeting college requirements.
- The tuition for dual credit courses during the 2020-21 school year is $68 per credit hour through UMSL and $65 per credit hour through SLU – significantly less than current on-campus courses.
- Credit hours, recorded on official UMSL/SLU transcripts, transfer to all Missouri state institutions as well as many colleges and universities throughout the nation.
In general, sophomores, juniors, and seniors with grade-point averages at or above a 2.5 may participate in the program at the college level. CBC criteria for placement into these courses typically include earning an "A" grade in the current course in that same discipline along with meeting any specific departmental requirements as listed in our Online Course Guide.
Advanced Placement (AP)
AP is a national program of college-level courses for secondary school students. In AP courses, students learn about a subject in great detail and develop analytical and study skills that contribute to success at the college level. Taking the three hour AP examination in May can help students in the following ways:
- Exemption from beginning-level college courses
- Entrance to higher-level college courses
- College credit awarded depending on the institution's AP Policy
- Time and money saved for AP credit earned and accepted by a College/University
The student should contact the admissions department of a post-secondary institution for credit transfer information. The links below may be of value during the registration and research process.