What we do:
We welcome any 9th or 10th grader from any parish in Louisiana to qualify for our program. We help any students make the choices they need to attain academic success for life-long learning at the college level or in an advanced career track.
How we do it:
- Strong curriculum
- Extensive partnership with Louisiana community colleges and universities
- Personalized guidance in admissions and course completion
- Individualized counseling for success
- Test preparation
- Connections to valuable community resources, including financial aid
Earn a tuition-free degree transferable to any public Louisiana four-year university.
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Students enrolling in the Early College can graduate with an Associate of General Studies degree from Northwestern State University. All courses articulate to Louisiana public colleges and reduce the student’s time pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Once enrolled in the program, the Early College Counselor will work with individual students to select the most appropriate degree that fits with the student’s intended bachelor’s degree program of study. For information on articulated credits between colleges, please visit the Louisiana Board of Regents website by clicking here.
Students enrolled in this program will typically pursue the TOPS University High School Diploma. The purpose of the Early College is to promote individual student choice, success, and academic rigor.
A typical schedule allows for students to enroll in dual enrollment courses in the following year:
- 9th: 3 hours of college credit
- 10th: 3 to 9 hours of college credit
- 11th: 18 to 24 hours of college credit
- 12th: 15 to 21 hours of college credit
All students graduate with a minimum of 24 Carnegie Units and 60 college credit hours. Within each year, Early College students are eligible to pursue the Community Service Diploma Endorsement. Students wishing to graduate with the Community Service Diploma Endorsement will have volunteer opportunities built into their high school course schedule to meet the requirements for the endorsement.
A key requirement for enrolling in the Early College is appropriate placement scores in English and math. Students are required to take the ACT prior to the student’s junior year. University View Academy will work with students to coordinate the testing sessions.
Students wishing to enroll in Early College must complete the student/parent/school compact each year, which outlines annual expectations for the program and publishes important college deadlines. Failure to submit the compact annually jeopardizes the student’s participation in the program.
We have developed the most comprehensive early college and dual enrollment program in the State of Louisiana, open to any high school student in any parish. It opens each enrolled student to extensive dual enrollment options.