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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN GET A HEAD START ON EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT

UW-Stevens Point campuses in Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau offer a variety of programs for eligible high school students to earn college credit.

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At UW-Stevens Point, we take pride in helping high school students jump start their college journey by offering special programs to earn credit towards a degree. Whether you prefer to be taught in your high school or attend on-campus and online classes, choose from a variety of options to kickstart your future.

High school students take college courses on-campus, blended or online, with the high school district pre-approving the courses. High school does not offer a comparable course. Courses are taken for both high school and/or college credit.

More information about the Early College Credit Program can be found on the WI DPI website.

Admissions Standards:

  1. Eligible students in grades: 9-12
  2. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA OR
  3. Top 50% of class with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher.

*If the admission standards are not met, please contact the UW-Stevens Point Early College Credit Program Coordinator. Additional documentation (example, letter of recommendation from high school) will be required.

*First-year and sophomores interested will require a letter of recommendation from high school.

How to Apply:

  1. Meet with your school counselor to see if taking college courses will work with your schedule and if you are ready to take college courses.
  2. Complete and submit to your high school the University of Wisconsin System: Early College Credit Program and High School Special Agreement Form.
    Important: All required sections, columns and signatures on the form must be completed. Please review on page 2 the responsibilities for student/parent/guardian/foster parent and school district. This form must be completed every semester you are interested in participating in the program. Upper-level courses (300 and above) may not be available for high school students. If you have any questions, please contact the ECCP coordinator. To view courses visit UW-Stevens Point Course Timetable.
  3. Apply to a UW-Stevens Point Campus (Stevens Point, Marshfield or Wausau) UW System online application.
  4. Request your high school to send your high school transcript.
  5. Submit any documentation needed for course prerequisites: ACT scores, AP scores, transcripts from other universities and/or technical colleges. For math, English and foreign language courses, students may be required to take a placement test.
  6. Send admission documentation to UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield, Attn: Angela Schmidt, 2000 W 5th Street, Marshfield, WI 54449 or email aschmidt@uwsp.edu.

Application Deadlines

​Summer Courses ​Fall Courses ​Spring Courses
Early College Credit and High School Special Agreement Form due to School District.  ​February 1 ​March 1 ​October 1
ECCP form, transcripts and UW System non-degree application due to ECCP coordinator. UWSP ECCP coordinator may accept documentation after the deadline. Please contact UWSP ECCP coordinator with any questions. 
May 1 ​July 1 ​December 1


​Admission/Registration:

  1. After the application is processed, students will receive an email to the personal email account listed on the application. The email contains information for students to activate their accounts, complete the registration task and other important information.
  2. If seats are available, the UW-Stevens Point ECCP Coordinator will register students for their courses. Enrollment in courses is not guaranteed, as seats may be limited. Below is the registration schedule for ECCP students.
    a.  Fall: First week in August
    b.  Spring: First week in January
    c. Summer: Mid-Late March
  3. Enrolled students will receive an email with important information about their registration, textbooks, academic deadlines, etc.

​Cost/Tuition:
UW-Stevens Point will bill school districts directly:
UWSP and UWSP online courses: 33% tuition
Marshfield and Wausau courses: 50% tuition
UW Extended Campus online courses: 50% tuition

*Information reflects the current process pending any legislative or institutional changes.

High school students take college courses on-campus, blended or online that were not approved by the school district due to a comparable course offered at the high school. Students pay full UW tuition and fees. This program is offered at all three UW-Stevens Point campuses.

Admission Standards:

  1. Junior and Senior
  2. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA OR
  3. Top 50% of class with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher.

How to Apply:

  1. Meet with your school counselor to see if taking college courses will work with your schedule and if you are ready to take college courses.
  2. Apply to a UW-Stevens Point Campus (Stevens Point, Marshfield or Wausau) UW System online application
  3. After the application is processed by the Office of the Registrar, students will receive an email to the personal email account listed on the application. This email contains information for students to activate their accesSPoint account, complete the registration task, and register themselves online.
  4. If online consent or prerequisite overrides are required, students work directly with the department office of the course they intend to enroll in.

Cost/Tuition:

UW-Stevens Point will bill to the student’s account and be charged the full UW tuition and fees

Questions can be directed to:

UW-Stevens Point
Office of the Registrar
715-346-4301
registrar@uwsp.edu

CESA
This program is in collaboration with the CESA district. High school students take college courses taught via distance learning at the high school by the UWSP instructor. Courses are taken both high school and college credit.

Dual
High School students take college courses taught at the high school by the UW-Stevens Point instructor. Courses are taken for high school and college credit.

Concurrent
High School students take college courses taught at the high school by the UW-Stevens Point approved high school instructor. Courses are taken for high school and/or college credit.

Admission Standards 

  1. Junior and Senior
  2. At least a 2.0 cumulative GPA OR
  3. Top 50% of class with an ACT composite score of 24 or higher.

*If the admission standards are not met, please contact the UW-Stevens Point Early College Credit Program Coordinator. Additional documentation (example, letter of recommendation from high school) will be required.

*First-year and sophomores interested will require a letter of recommendation from high school.

How to Apply

CESA and Dual 

  1. Meet with your school counselor to see if taking college courses will work with your schedule and if you are ready to take college courses.
  2. Apply to UW-Stevens Point by using the UW System online application.
  3. Request your high school to send your transcript.
  4. Submit any documentation needed for course prerequisites: ACT scores, AP scores, transcripts from other universities and/or technical colleges. For Math, English and Foreign Language courses, students may be required to take a placement test.
  5. After the application and registration are processed, students will receive an email to the personal email account listed on the application. This email contains information for students to activate their accounts and other important information.

Concurrent 

  1. Meet with your school counselor to see if taking college courses will work with your schedule and if you are ready to take college courses.
  2. Apply to UW-Stevens Point by using the UW System online application.
  3. Request your high school to send your transcript.
  4. Submit any documentation needed for course prerequisites: ACT scores, AP scores, transcripts from other universities and/or technical colleges. For Math, English and Foreign Language courses, students may be required to take a placement test.
  5. After the application and registration are processed, students will receive an email to the personal email account listed on the application, regarding their registration.

Send admission documentation to:

UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield
Attn: Angela Schmidt
2000 W. 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449
aschmidt@uwsp.edu

Please contact your school counselor for questions regarding cost/tuition, deadlines and registration.

1.  What classes should I take?

It is recommended for students to meet with their high school counselor and review course descriptions and prerequisites. If the UW campus course schedule is not available, looking at the course schedule from the previous year will give an idea of what may be offered. Upper-level courses (300 and above) may not be available for high school students. If you have any questions, please contact the ECCP coordinator.

Due to limited space in some classes, ECCP students may not be able to register for their first-choice classes, as classes may be full when ECCP registration starts. To have other class options to register for, it is recommended on the ECCP/High School Special Agreement Form, to list alternative classes for the school district to approve.

2.  What does an online class mean?

Online courses do not meet on campus, so you can take courses at your convenience from anywhere you have internet access. Students will need to be organized and have good time management skills to complete assignments and exams. After consulting with your high school counselor and deciding if online will be a fit, it is recommended to start with one online class.

3.  What does a hybrid class mean?

Hybrid courses are a combination of on-campus and online. Students will attend class on campus for a portion of the class and the other portion will be online. Students should meet with their high school counselor to discuss this option.

4.  What does a virtual classroom class mean? 

Virtual classroom courses are online and has at least a portion of the class held at the days and times specified using interactive video technology in a “virtual classroom.” Additional unscheduled time may be required.

5. What does an accelerated class mean?

Accelerated courses are at a faster pace and condense a 16-week course into a shortened timeframe. Summer courses are usually accelerated. Students should discuss this option with their high school counselor. Please contact the ECCP Coordinator if you have questions on whether a class is accelerated or for more information.

6.  Are there limits to the number of classes I can take?

For the Early College Credit Program, yes, 18 college credits. Students should contact their school counselor, to see if the school district will approve more than 18 college credits. Note, college courses are typically assigned more credits per class than a high school credit class.

7.  When can I register for classes?

ECCP students are registered after regular UW-Stevens Point students and the ECCP Coordinator will register you for classes, if enough seats are available. ECCP Fall registration starts the first week in August, spring registration starts the first week in January and summer registration starts mid-late March. ECCP students will receive an email with their registration status.

High school special students (self-pay) will receive an email from the Registrar Office and students will register on their own.

CESA, Concurrent and Dual Enrollment students will be registered by the ECCP Coordinator. Please contact your high school counselor regarding your registration status.

8.  How do I order a transcript from UW-Stevens Point?

Courses taken at UW-Stevens Point Campuses become part of the student’s permanent university record and may affect subsequent admission eligibility to postsecondary institutions. Information about ordering transcripts can be found at:  https://www.uwsp.edu/regrec/Pages/WebHelp/transcriptInfoRequests.aspx.

9.  How much will this cost me?

Under the provisions of the Early College Credit Program, school districts assume responsibility for payment of tuition and fees for students approved by them for high school credit, and who are accepted by and enrolled at the University. The University will send a bill to the school district and any reimbursement will be between the school district and student/parent. More information can be found on the Wisconsin DPI website: https://dpi.wi.gov/dual-enrollment/eccp.

High School Special students – pay full UW-Stevens Point tuition/fees. High school special students (self-pay) who are not part of the Early College Credit Program, will be billed according to the UW tuition and fee rates: https://www.uwsp.edu/SFS/Pages/default.aspx. Students will pay through their accesSPoint account or pay at the Student Financials Office at the Stevens Point campus.

CESA, Concurrent and Dual Enrollment students – please contact your high school counselor regarding costs. These programs will be billed according to the contract agreements between the University and school district. The University will bill the school district and any reimbursement will be between the school district and student/parent.

10.  How much are textbooks and supplemental course materials?

Stevens Point, Marshfield and Wausau campuses (ECCP and high school special students)
Textbooks are included in tuition. Supplemental course materials (lab manuals, novels, etc.) can be added to your student bill during check-out at the University Store.

CESA, Concurrent and Dual Enrollment students – please contact your high school counselor regarding textbook costs.

UW Extended Campus (ECCP and high school special students)
Students should contact their high school about how they should receive their textbooks. High school special students/parents/guadians will pay out-of-pocket. Contact UWSP ECCP coordinator for more information or with questions.

11.  Do I pay for the class if I drop?

If a student drops a course or withdraws from the University, the party responsible for payment of tuition and fees will be responsible for all costs incurred to the date of the drop/withdrawal based on the University’s refund policy. Any reimbursement will be between the school district and student/parent. If the party responsible for payment of tuition and fees fails to comply with the payment schedule, finance charges will be accrued on the balance due from the billing due date.

12.  Can I enroll in multiple high school programs?

Yes, but you will need approval from your high school for the ECCP, CESA, Concurrent and Dual Programs.

13.  Do I need to complete the UW System application?

If you are currently registered as a UWSP student in a high school program, you do not need to complete the UW System Online application again. If you are applying for more than one high school program, you just need to complete the UW System application once.

Important: please remember to include your personal email on the UW System Online application and/or ECCP/High School Special Agreement Form. Communications regarding your application status will be sent by email.

14.  Any other important information?

All students must abide by all regulations, policies and procedures of the University as outlined in the University catalog, semester timetable and official University documents. These include, but are not limited to, the University drop, withdrawal, tuition refund, grading and attendance policies. In addition, all students must comply with the rules set forth by instructors.

 

If you have any other questions, please contact ECCP Coordinator Angela Schmidt at aschmidt@uwsp.edu or 715-389-6501.

“The ECCP Program has been a great experience, providing me with college-level education while still participating in high school. I’d like to thank my instructors and advisors for their help and accommodation in this phase of my transition to college.”
Benjamin FreyerUW-Stevens Point at Wausau student

RESOURCES

For questions about UW-Stevens Point high school programs, contact:
Angela Schmidt
Early College Credit Program Coordinator
715-389-6501
aschmidt@uwsp.edu