Student Success

"I wanted to get a jump start on college, so I looked into the Early College Program at IUPUC. I was able to take dual credits that counted for both high school and college. The program influenced my decision to attend IUPUC when I discovered the university’s faculty and staff were so friendly and welcoming. Now I’m ahead of the game in my college career!"

  • Kelly Lewis, Class of 2014
    B.S. in elementary education

Early College Program

Get a head start on college! If you are a qualified, motivated high school junior or senior, you can take 100- and 200-level university classes before graduation.

By participating in our Early College Program, you can earn Indiana University or Purdue University credit toward a bachelor’s degree from IUPUC, another IU campus, or thousands of other colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world.

Early college credits can help you earn your bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible, pursue a second major or minor as part of your bachelor’s degree studies, and have more free time for internships, study abroad opportunities, or part-time employment while in college.

To accommodate your high school schedule, we offer morning, afternoon, and evening Early College classes during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

As an Early College student at IUPUC, you will work closely with an academic advisor to explore appropriate university courses. You'll also interact with and learn from knowledgeable, expert IUPUC faculty while enjoying the personal attention they provide.


Acceptance is based on your academic motivation and ability, years completed in high school, and high school success.

  • You should be enrolled in the Core 40 curriculum or above.
  • If you are a junior, you should rank in the upper 20 percent of your class; if you are a senior, you should rank in the upper 30 percent of your class.
  • In addition, you should have a PSAT score of 95 or above, a SAT score of 1000 (math and critical reasoning) or above, or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.

How to Apply

Please apply several weeks before the beginning of the IUPUC semester during which you want to take classes.

  • Applications for the fall semester should be received by August 1.
  • Applications for the spring semester should be received by December 1.
  • Applications for the summer semester should be received by May 1.

Your application must be signed by your high school guidance counselor or principal and mailed to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions. A high school transcript must be submitted with the application. Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply.

Scholarships & Tuition

You may be awarded a $400 scholarship if you submit an Early College Scholarship Application, have exceptional class rank and test scores (PSAT, SAT or ACT), a minimum of 3.0 high school cumulative GPA, and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, financial need, and available funds.

You may apply for a scholarship every fall and spring semester in which you are enrolled. Only one scholarship is awarded per student per year. Otherwise, the tuition for Early College courses follow Indiana University rates and fees (approximately $725 for each three-credit class).

Contact the Office of Recruitment and Admissions at 812.348.7390 or e-mail for information.