College in high school

Attention high school students: Get a jumpstart on your college career!

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Did you know you earn credit toward a high school diploma AND college credits to Saint Francis University at the same time? 

 

The College in High School Program is a partnership between high schools and Saint Francis University that gives students multiple options to earn credits. These options include: 

 

  • Dual Credit: Earn college credits in approved high school classes. Experience what college is like while earning college credits in high school, take fewer classes once you get to college, and save money! Dual credit courses cost much less than a traditional college class!
     
  • Career Development Series: Explore career paths in Business, Health, STEM, and Education while earning SFU credits. You’ll join like-minded students in an online classroom taught by SFU professors.
     
  • Online Courses: High School students may take select online courses through the Division of Professional Studies. Taking a college class while in high school shows colleges that you are serious, motivated, and ready to start your college career! 

College in High School provides many benefits for high school students, including earning college credit, saving money on tuition and faster degree completion. Studies also suggest that dual enrollment increases a student’s academic performance in college!

Dual Credit

  • About Dual Credit

    These courses contain the content of the equivalent course(s) taught at Saint Francis University and will be led by approved high school teachers in the regular classroom.  The dual credit courses, as well as the approved instructors, meet the standards of the appropriate academic department at Saint Francis University.  

     

    The dual credit course offerings are dependent on the high school attended.  Check with your guidance counselor or educational director on what dual enrollment opportunities are available at your high school.

  • Dual Credit Deadlines

    Dual Credit Deadlines

    2023-2024 Academic Year

    Full Year Courses

    Application Deadline 

    • October 9, 2023

    Drop Deadline (refundable)

    • October 22, 2023

    Withdraw Deadline (non-refundable)

    • November 5, 2023
       

    Fall Semester

    Application Deadline 

    • October 9, 2023

    Drop Deadline (refundable)

    • October 22, 2023

    Withdraw Deadline (non-refundable)

    • November 4, 2023
       

    Spring Semester

    Application Deadline 

    • March 4, 2024

    Drop Deadline (refundable)

    • March 17, 2024

    Withdraw Deadline (non-refundable)

    • March 31, 2024

     

  • Dual Credit Tuition Cost

    The dual credit tuition cost is $58 per credit hour.  Payment for tuition will be due at the time of registration.

Career Development Series Information & Offerings

  • About Career Development Series

    This series provides students the opportunity to explore career options and earn credits in online courses along with other high school students.  Each course will be one semester long (16 weeks) based on the SFU academic calendar.  The Career Development Series aims to:

     

    • Expose high school students to career paths in Business, Health, STEM, and Education through entry level college courses. 
       
    • Provide a rich online learning environment, taught by Saint Francis University Faculty members, that mirror collegiate rigor, policies, and procedures.
  • Course Offerings & Deadlines

    Career Development Series*

    Spring Semester

    1/15/2024 to 5/7/2024

     

    Career Development Offerings & Deadlines

    Spring Career Development Courses (runs 1/15/2024 to 5/7/2024) 

    MKTG 101: Introduction to Marketing (Includes a one day Student in Residence opportunity) PUBH 111: Introduction to Health, Wellness, and Disability (Includes a one day Student in Residence opportunity) EDUC 231: Child Growth and Development (This course runs 3/11/2024 to 5/7/2024) CPSC 111: Introduction to Computer Science and Cybersecurity (Includes a one day Student in Residence opportunity)

     

     

     

    Career Development Series Deadlines

    2023 - 2024 Academic Year


    Spring Semester

    Application Deadline

    • January 8, 2024

    Drop Deadline (Refundable)

    • January 23, 2024

    Withdraw Deadline (Non-Refundable)

    • March 28, 2024

     

  • Career Development Tuition Cost

    $200 per credit ($485 per credit for courses with a $285 scholarship applied for Fall and Spring courses)

     

    Payment for tuition will be due at the time of registration. Students will be responsible for purchasing any required course materials.

Online Courses

High School students have the opportunity to participate in select online courses offered through the Division of Professional Studies.

  • Course Offerings & Deadlines

    Spring 2024 Online Course Offerings

    Spring 2024 Module I Online Courses (runs 1/15/2024 to 3/10/2024) 

    CHEM 105: Chemistry in the Community 

    ECON 102: Principles of Microeconomics 

    HIST 103: United States to 1877 

    MATH 110: Pre-Calculus 

    MUS 101: Introduction to Music 

    STAT 101: Elementary Statistics

     

    Spring 2024 Module II Online Courses (runs 3/11/2024 to 5/7/2024) 

    FTAE 105: Franciscan Values for Today 

    SOC 102: American Society and Problems

    *Schedule subject to change based on enrollment and instructor availability.

     

    Online Course Deadlines

    2023 - 2024 Academic Year

     

    Spring Semester I (8 wks)

    Application Deadline

    • January 8, 2024

    Drop Deadline (Refundable)

    • January 23, 2024

    Withdraw Deadline (Non-Refundable)

    • March 28, 2024
       

    Spring Semester II (8 wks)

    Application Deadline

    • March 4, 2024

    Drop Deadline (Refundable)

    • March 17, 2024

    Withdraw Deadline (Non-Refundable)

    • March 31, 2024

  • Online Courses Tuition Cost (Professional Studies)

    $200 per credit ($485 per credit for courses with a $285 scholarship applied for Fall and Spring courses)

     

    Payment for tuition will be due at the time of registration. Students will be responsible for purchasing any required course materials.

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  • Grades
  • Drop a Class
  • Withdrawal from Class
  • Transfer of Credits
  • Admissions Info
  • All instructors in the College in High School program will assign grades following the established University grading system.

     

    Grades will be posted on the student's academic transcript within 1 week of the conclusion of the course.

  • A student may drop from a class no later than the Drop date.

     

    How-To:

    The course will be removed from the student's schedule and a refund of tuition will be mailed to the student.

  • A student may drop Withdraw from a class no later than the Drop date.

     

    How-To:

    The student will receive the grade of "W." There will be no refund of tuition.

  • Many students registering for courses through Saint Francis University may eventually wish to transfer these credits elsewhere.

     

    College in High School students may request their official transcript at

    http://v3.thegioibackdrop.net/Request-a-Transcript
     

    Registrar's Office Contact Information
    registrar@thegioibackdrop.net or 814-472-3009


    Although many colleges and universities will recognize these transfer credits, it is not guaranteed that all colleges or institutions of higher learning will accept them.

     

    Whether or not a college accepts transfer credits depends on their policy and the major that the student chooses. Typically, students must have a "C" or better for any credits to transfer and must also request a transcript of their credits earned.

  • Admissions Information

    To participate in the College in High School Program offerings, you will need to fill out the College in High School Application/Registration Form.  On this form, you will be asked to:

    • Provide student information(name, address, email, etc...)
    • Select the course(s) that you would like to enroll
    • Provide parental consent

    Upon submission, you will be asked to submit payment for the total tuition cost through the PayPal Payment system.  You do not need a PayPal account to make this payment, you can submit the payment as a guest.

    Saint Francis University will process the application and register you a for the appropriate course(s).  You will receive a confirmation email within 2 business days. 

     

    Questions?

     Ms. Gabrielle Cronin

     Associate Director of Operations

     gcronin@thegioibackdrop.net

     814-472-2811


    Ready to enroll at Saint Francis University full-time?

    Contact the Office of Admissions at 
    814-472-3100 or toll free at 866-342-5738

     Admissions@thegioibackdrop.net

     

FAQ

  • Why take college classes during high school?

    Taking college in high school courses is a wonderful way to get a head start on your college education. In addition, you will earn college credit that can be transferred to institutions across the country. 

  • Who can take College in High School courses?

    High school students with a 3.0 or higher GPA are permitted to enroll in credit courses. This includes our Career Development Series, Online course offerings, and Dual Credit courses.  

  • Where can I take College in High School courses?

    Any high school student can enroll in our Career Development Series and Online courses. The dual credit courses are taught by high school teachers at our partner schools

  • What courses are offered?

    Dual credit courses vary by high school. Consult your school counselor or teachers for course offerings at your school. For a list of the Career Development courses click here

    To view all Online Courses offered through the Division of Professional Studies click here.

  • What is the cost for College in High School credits?
    • The tuition cost for our dual credit courses is $58 per credit hour ($174 for a three-credit course).  
    • The tuition cost for our Career Development and Online courses is $200 per credit ($485 per credit for courses with a $285 scholarship applied for Fall and Spring courses).
  • How do I sign up for College in High School courses?

    To apply and register for College in High School courses, you must complete the College in High School Application/Registration form by the associated deadline for the course offering. In addition, all tuition costs must be paid in full at registration.

  • Are College in High School courses graded?

    Yes, all College in High School courses are graded according to the course requirements. The grade will be posted on the student's academic record at Saint Francis University. If you decide to attend Saint Francis University, the grade will count towards your grade point average. If you choose to attend another college or university, you can request to have your transcript sent for transfer credit. 

  • Can I transfer my credits to another college or university?

    Yes. Typically, students must have a "C" or better for any credits to transfer. College in High School students may request their official transcript at http://v3.thegioibackdrop.net/Request-a-Transcript. For additional information or questions on your transcript, contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@thegioibackdrop.net or 814-472-3009.

Partner Schools

Institutions who share our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning

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    Altoona Area Senior High School

    Bellefonte Area High School

    Bellwood - Antis High School

    Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

    Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School

    Bishop McCort High School

    Blacklick Valley High School

    California Area High School

    Cambria Heights High School

    Central Cambria High School

    Central High School

    Chartiers Houston High School

    Clarion Area Jr/Sr High School

    Claysburg - Kimmel High School

    Commodore Perry High School

    Conemaugh Township Area High School

    Conemaugh Valley High School

    Delone Catholic High School

    Derry Area High School

    Dover Area High School

    Dubois Central Catholic High School

    Ferndale Area High School

    Forest Hills High School

    Frazier High School

    Greater Latrobe Senior High School

    Hollidaysburg Area Senior High

    Huntingdon Area High School

    Juniata Valley High School

    Kennedy Catholic High School

    Laurel Highlands Senior High School

    Ligonier Valley High School

    Mercer Area Jr/Sr High School

    Mercyhurst Preparatory School

    Moshannon Valley High School

    Northern Bedford County High School

    Northern Cambria High School

    North Star High School

    Penn Cambria High School

    Philipsburg - Osceola Area Sr High School

    Purchase Line Jr/Sr High School

    Richland High School

    Rockwood Area Junior Senior High School

    Roman Catholic High School

    Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy

    Saint Marys Area High School

    Serra District Catholic High School

    Seton - La Salle High School

    Shanksville - Stonycreek School

    Somerset Area Senior High School

    State College Area High School

    Trinity High School

    Tussey Mountain High School

    Tyrone Area Middle High School

    United High School

    Westmont Hilltop Senior High School