Popular classes to take for college credit

By Sharon Hodge on December 09, 2013
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Many college-credit classes offered to high school students are those that fulfill general education requirements. Courses may include:

  • Biology            
  • General chemistry
  • Communications       
  • Introduction to literature 
  • Writing            
  • Elementary algebra
  • General psychology       
  • Spanish
  • History of Western civilization
  If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, are responsible and self-motivated, college-level courses may be a great fit for you. Talk to your school counselor and parents to review the options available so you can get a head start on your college career.



Facts about high school students who earn college credits

  • 1.3 million high school students earned college credits between 2010 and 2011.
  • Students enrolled in a college-credit program are more likely to succeed in high school and attend college after graduation.
  • 92 percent of U.S. colleges and universities accept college credits earned in high school; 91 percent accept credits earned by completing AP classes.
  • High school students taking college-level classes graduate with an average of 36 credits, about one-third of the credits needed to earn a bachelor’s degree. One-quarter of the students graduate with an associate’s degree.
  • 63 percent of high school students who earn college credits enroll in college by graduation. Only 23 percent of high school students who don’t earn college credits enroll in college by graduation.

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