ECCP, High School Special, & Concurrent Enrollment

UW-La Crosse offers a variety of pathways allowing current high school students to take college courses for high school and/or post-secondary credit. Special admission is granted to qualified applicants who have demonstrated they are prepared to be successful in college-level coursework.

Early College Credit Program (ECCP)

High school students at public and private high schools in Wisconsin can earn college credit through the ECCP. Students selected for this program may enroll at UW-La Crosse and take one or more courses earning high school credit, post-secondary credit, or both. 

Eligibility requirements expanding section

Students applying to this program must meet the following requirements:

  • High school junior or senior when enrolled in course(s)
  • Meet or exceed cumulative grade point average suggestions
    • 3.25 GPA for priority candidacy
    • 3.0 - 3.24 GPA considered for candidacy if space is available.  
  • Successful completion of appropriate preparatory coursework and prerequisites
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  • SUBMIT THE UW SYSTEM AGREEMENT FORM
  • RECEIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVAL OF COURSE(S)
  • SUBMIT A UW SYSTEM APPLICATION
    • UW System Application
      • Complete the following sections as indicated:
        • ARE YOU APPLYING AS A DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENT?  Select: No
        • CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM  Select: Early College Credit Program (ECCP)
      • Application fee is not required for ECCP
  • SUBMIT OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
    • Transcripts must be sent directly from high school to UWL Admissions.
  • ENROLL IN COURSE(S)
    • Work with UWL Admissions and high school counselor to ensure enrollment in appropriate class(es).
    • University of Wisconsin Placement Test & AP test scores (if applicable must be submitted for the following subject areas:
      • Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Math, Modern Language, & Physics
  • NEXT STEPS
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  • Cost: 1/3 of regular tuition and fees
  • Payment of tuition & fees determined by high school
    • Students must notify high school guidance office or school district of intent to take courses at UWL.
    • School districts make determinations regarding course approval, awarding of high school credit, and awarding of tuition and fee payments.

High School Special

High school students can earn college credit by taking courses through UW-La Crosse. High School Special students are responsible for all tuition and fee payments.

Eligibility requirements expanding section

Students applying to this program must meet the following requirements:

  • High school junior or senior at the time of the course
  • Meet or exceed cumulative grade point average suggestions
    • 3.25 GPA indicates priority candidacy
    • 3.0 - 3.24 GPA considered for candidacy if space is available.  
  • Successful completion of appropriate preparatory coursework and prerequisites
Application & registration expanding section
  • SUBMIT THE UW SYSTEM AGREEMENT FORM
  • RECEIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT APPROVAL OF COURSE(S)
  • SUBMIT A UW SYSTEM APPLICATION
    • UW System Application
      • Complete the following sections as indicated:
        • ARE YOU APPLYING AS A DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENT?  Select: No
        • CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM  Select: High School Special
      • Application fee is not required for High School Special candidates
    • Please note: Students in a Concurrent Enrollment program (i.e., taking a course at their high school or through the Health Science Academy, for UW-La Crosse credit) must also complete the Student Information Sheet.
  • SUBMIT OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
    • Transcripts should be sent directly from high school to UWL Admissions
  • ENROLL IN COURSE(S)
    • Work with UWL Admissions Office and high school counselor to ensure enrollment in appropriate class(es).
    • University of Wisconsin Placement Test & AP test scores (if applicable must be submitted for the following subject areas:
      • Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Math, Modern Language, & Physics
  • NEXT STEPS
    • After admission as a High School Special student, be sure to review the next steps information provided for our non-degree students.
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  • Students will be billed according to the UWL undergraduate tuition & fee schedule. Visit our Cost to Attend page to access this information and estimate your bill.

Concurrent Enrollment program

UW-La Crosse partners with select local high schools to provide opportunities for high school students to take college courses at their high school, through our Concurrent Enrollment program. Visit the Concurrent Enrollment page for detailed information and a list of partner schools.

Eligibility requirements expanding section

Students applying to this program must meet the following requirements:

  • High school junior or senior when enrolled in course(s)
  • Meet or exceed cumulative grade point average suggestions
    • 3.25 GPA for priority candidacy
    • 3.0 - 3.24 GPA considered for candidacy if space is available.  
  • Successful completion of appropriate preparatory coursework and prerequisites
Application & registration expanding section
  • NOTIFY HIGH SCHOOL
    • Contact the Concurrent Enrollment representative at your high school to express interest
      • You will work with this individual to complete the application and registration.
  • SUBMIT A UW SYSTEM APPLICATION
    • UW System Application
      • Complete the following sections as indicated:
        • ARE YOU APPLYING AS A DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENT?  Select: No
        • CHOOSE YOUR PROGRAM  Select: High School Special
      • Application fee is not required for Concurrent Enrollment 
  • SUBMIT OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT
    • Transcripts must be sent directly from high school to UWL Admissions
  • SUBMIT THE STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET
  • ENROLL IN COURSE(S)
    • Work with UWL Admissions and high school counselor to ensure enrollment in appropriate class.
    • University of Wisconsin Placement Test & AP test scores (if applicable must be submitted for the following subject areas:
      • Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Math, Modern Language, & Physics
Tuition & fees expanding section
  • Tuition for Concurrent Enrollment courses is $110/credit
  • Payment determined by participating high school
    • Your high school will provide information regarding actual cost to students. 
      • While students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees, some schools subsidize tuition costs.

 

A few things to consider before applying:

While participation has many benefits, college coursework requires unique commitment and dedication. Students interested in these opportunities should review the following considerations prior to application.  

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Transportation & time commitment expanding section
  • Attending on-campus courses, associated labs, and group meetings outside of class will require transportation to campus.
  • Commute time should also be considered.
  • Required final exams are often held outside of the established course time.
Registration expanding section
  • When course registration opens, priority is given to full-time students. High school students interested in taking a course/s will be the last group of students allowed to register. Course availability is not guaranteed.
  • All students must follow Records and Registration policy and deadlines for registration, add/drop, refund, and withdrawal.
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  • You will be taking college coursework and expected to produce college-level work.
  • Credit earned during coursework will become part of your permanent post-secondary record.
    • Grades received may be included in your future undergraduate GPA calculation.
    • Poor or incomplete grades may affect future undergraduate admission to a post-secondary institution.
Policy expanding section
  • All students taking courses at UW-La Crosse are bound by university academic policy.
  • FERPA rules apply to all UW-La Crosse students. University representatives will communicate directly with students (not parents).