Early College courses are perfect preparation for motivated high school students looking to reduce the cost of their education and prepare for college level-work.
Early College Class Formats
Enjoy being a part of our vibrant community by participating in our Early College program on campus.
You can earn college credits at a discounted rate and experience our Christian community. Northwestern offers on-campus Early College for those students who are 15 years of age and older, and are interested in face-to-face learning. We are located on Lake Johanna in the suburban Roseville/Arden Hills area on Minnesota, with a scenic lake view and only ten minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
If you choose to participate in the Early College program on-campus, you will be paired up with a student mentor for your first semester on-campus. This mentor will help you transition into the Northwestern community and provide you with an instant contact.
With the on-campus commuting option, you can join approximately 1,800 traditional undergraduate students who benefit from small classes, a strong sense of community, and meaningful interaction with professors in and outside of the classroom.
If you are an on-campus Early College student, you are now eligible to live in the dorms at Northwestern. While many students in the on-campus Early College program choose to commute, senior high school students who are 17 years old at the beginning of their courses may live in dorms alongside traditional Northwestern students. If you choose to reside in the dorms through the on-campus Early College program, you are responsible to pay for your own room and board.
On-Campus Courses Available
On-campus, you will have access to hundreds of courses each semester and can participate in many extracurricular groups such as musical ensembles, theatre, clubs, and intramural sports. You may participate in many of our 1,000 and 2,000 level courses on-campus; however, we recommend that you work with your high school guidance counselor to determine which courses to take for high school completion. Check out our on-campus course catalog for details.
How does the Early College on-campus selection process work?
The on-campus Dual Enrollment program is very competitive. We are seeking well-rounded individuals who will be a great fit for the classroom and for the Northwestern community. We will interview top candidates (with GPA of 3.3 or higher and an ACT/PLAN score of at least 22, Aspire score of at least 434, or SAT/PSAT score of at least 1090) to better determine who to accept. You must also maintain a 3.0 GPA at Northwestern for the on-campus program.
Do I commute or live on-campus?
On-campus Early College students are now eligible to live in dorms at Northwestern. While many students in the on-campus Early College program choose to commute, seniors in high school who are 17 years old at the beginning of courses may live in dorms alongside traditional Northwestern students.
How many credits may I take in a semester as an Early College on-campus student?
You will need to take a minimum of 6 credits per semester to be involved in the on-campus Early College program and a maximum of 18 total credits per semester (which may also include a mixture of online PSEO and/or Early College credits).
Did you know you can take college classes right on-site at your high school?
Earn college credits at a discounted rate through your high school!
Early College on-site courses are college courses offered to high school students through a partnership between Northwestern and the high school you attend. Northwestern partners with a variety of private high schools to provide Early College courses in high school classrooms. All of the Early College on-site instructors are hired as adjunct faculty by Northwestern and are paid directly by Northwestern for the on-site courses.
Through on-site dual enrollment, high schools can choose courses for which the school has a qualified instructor. Typically, these courses will be common, entry-level courses in academic subjects; however, some schools offer more specialized courses. Check with your partnering institution for classes that are offered on-site. To see the courses that your school could potentially participate in, please view our course catalog.
- Avail Academy (Fridley, MN)
- Central Minnesota Christian HS (Prinsburg, MN)
- Community Christian HS (Willmar, MN)
- Hope Academy (Minneapolis, MN)
- Legacy Christian Academy (Andover, MN)
- Liberty Classical Academy (White Bear Lake, MN)
- New Life Academy (Woodbury, MN)
- St. Cloud Christian School (St. Cloud, MN)
- South Heights Christian Classes (Burnsville, MN)
- Southwest Christian HS (Chaska, MN)
- United Christian Academy (Bloomington, MN)
Which high schools may participate?
View the select private high schools that partner with Northwestern to provide Early College on-site.
Where does class take place?
Course instruction will take place in person at the high school, but additional work may be required at home or elsewhere with internet access.
Which courses may I take?
Your high school has chosen UNW courses for which the school has a qualified instructor. Typically, these courses will be common entry-level courses in academic subjects, such as ENG1105 Composition or POS2005 U.S. National Government, but some schools offer more specialized courses, such as BIO1025 Medical Terminology.
Will the courses qualify for college credit at all institutions?
When you complete your course, full college credit will be applied to your academic record at Northwestern. Northwestern is regionally accredited and these credits may be used to complete a degree at Northwestern or transferred to another educational institution. We encourage you to check the requirements of the program and school where further study is planned before selecting your Early College courses.
Which courses does Northwestern recommend for college-bound high school students?
- 4 credits of English
- 3 credits of Math
- 3 credits of Science
- 3 credits of Social Science
- 2 years of foreign language and/or other general electives
Choose from more than 80 Early College courses that you can complete online.
Northwestern is the largest provider of online dual enrollment courses among private colleges and universities in the state of Minnesota. We offer over 80 online Early College courses in semester-long formats including at-your-own-pace learning and collaboratively-based learning. You will be guided through your classes using a variety of textbooks, multimedia presentations, discussion forums, and other digital tools by caring and engaging Christian professors.
Online Courses Available
We offer online courses that fit conveniently into your busy life. You can take classes whenever you have a computer and internet connection available. Our Early College courses help you do more than just earn college credits before you graduate from high school. All courses are offered from a biblical worldview and will help you grow in your faith. Check out our online Dual Enrollment course list to see available classes.
Which courses may I take through online Dual Enrollment?
You can view all of our online Dual Enrollment courses. Courses are offered every semester (fall, spring, and summer) unless otherwise noted.
Do I need to attend class on-campus if I am only taking online courses?
No. Online Dual Enrollment courses are offered through a convenient online format which allows you to complete your work in a home or school setting that best fits your schedule. You do not need to login at a certain time. For students who want to experience taking classes on-campus, there is an on-campus program with options to live on-campus or commute to classes.
How will I complete online courses?
Northwestern's Dual Enrollment online program requires you to have internet access to complete your courses. Please download our computer requirements. Our courses consist of online video lectures, online discussion boards, electronic assignment submission, and exams, as well as textbook readings, depending on the course. You will have a professor to answer questions just like any other class. Our courses are offered in either an Independent Study or Online Learning Group format. You must show responsibility, time management, and the ability to complete college level work for both types of course formats.
Online independent study: An independent study course means that while you study, you are independent of other students, weekly due dates, and regular interaction with your professor. You may work on the course at your own pace as long as you are able to complete the course by the end of the semester.
Online learning group: An online learning group course requires you to interact with other students and your instructor. Semester start and end dates are critical for a learning group course. The group of students will start the course together, work through the course materials and assignments together, and finish together. This type of course has greater accountability because the courses have weekly due dates which are to be followed throughout the semester.