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Early University

Early University is an exciting new program that allows CHS students to enroll in all college classes during their junior and senior years of high school. In essence, CHS has become a satellite campus for several universities and those universities have approved qualified CHS teachers to serve as adjunct professors to teach their courses. Students who enroll in the Early University program will have the opportunity of completing approximately 60 college credits (up to two full years of college work) while concurrently fulfilling their high school graduation requirements.

CHS has been successfully offering dual enrollment courses through UConn for several years, and CHS graduates have transferred these college credits to the institutions of their choice all over the country. In fact, the CHS graduating class of 2016 earned approximately 750 college credits right here in our classrooms through our growing array of early credit courses. CHS offers approximately 80 different college credits on our campus. Even a Bible class through Indiana Wesleyan University was launched at CHS several years ago.

Early University simply provides a smooth pathway for CHS upperclassmen to earn approximately 60 transferable college credits before they graduate from high school.

The Early University program at CHS has an attractive value proposition by saving both time and money. CHS graduates can transfer up to 2 years of college credits into the university of their choice. This means that it is possible for a student to finish their undergraduate degree in two years, rather than four – and finish their graduate degree two years after that. Two years of college tuition are thus saved. Additionally, the student enters the workforce (with a master’s degree) with two extra years of earning power. The combination of two years of tuition saving and two extra years of salary can realistically up add to $150,000 to $200,000.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 203.590.6115 or

Frequently Asked Questions:
Which universities will serve as partnering institutions?
  • UConn will continue to partner with CHS to offer a large number of courses.  UConn has been offering dual enrollment courses since 1955. 
  • Seton Hall University and Syracuse University have recently approved CHS as a dual credit provider.  Syracuse has been partnering with high schools to offer dual enrollment courses since 1972.
  • Indiana Wesleyan University currently offers a course to CHS juniors.  This partnership will continue.

Who is eligible for participation in the Early University program?

Rising juniors are eligible to apply for admission into the program.

What are the qualifications for acceptance into the program?
  • A minimum of 5 honors classes taken during 9th and 10th grades
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5
  • A PSAT score of 120 (Math + Critical Reading)
  • A writing sample that demonstrates college readiness
  • Strong teacher recommendations
  • A personal interview
What courses will be offered in the program?
Course Title / Partnering University  (number of college credits)
Fall Year I
Life Calling / Indiana Wesleyan University (3)
Calculus I / University of Connecticut (4) or Advanced Placement
American Literature / Seton Hall University (3)
United States History to 1877 / University of Connecticut (3)
General Physics I / University of Connecticut (4)
Spring Year I
Internship / (0)
Calculus Ib / University of Connecticut
American Literature / Seton Hall University (3)
United States History Since 1877 / University of Connecticut (3)
General Physics II / University of Connecticut (4)

Total credits for Year 1 = 27 college credits

Are any of these online courses?
No.  All courses are taught in a live and traditional college format.
UConn, Syracuse and Seton Hall are not Christian colleges.  Will these courses be taught through a distinctively biblical worldview? 
Yes.  Our own teachers will serve as the adjunct professors for the courses.  The entire syllabus from the partnering universities will be covered in each class – but the teacher is completely unbridled in presenting all coursework from a thoroughly biblical worldview.

Sounds great, but that seems like a big load of classes.  Can high school students handle all those college classes? 
Each semester, Early University students will take four classes at one time (for 15 weeks) and an additional condensed class (for 2-3 weeks, similar to a J-term course).  So EU students will focus on no more than four classes at any one time.

EU classes will last 90 minutes each day, and classes will meet four days a week.  Hence, the students will have significantly more class time for each course than what is typical in a college setting.

Will EU students still interact with non-EU students?  What about chapels and activity periods? 
EU students will participate in regularly scheduled chapels and activity periods with the rest of the CHS High School, and will eat lunch in the CHS cafeteria.  EU students will participate in class trips and class projects.

Will EU students be eligible for extracurricular activities? 
Yes.  EU students can play in all sports and can be involved in all extracurricular activities.  Participation in the regular band class and choir is possible

Alright…How much is this going to cost? 
Tuition for Early University is exactly the same as CHS tuition.  Really!

The partnering universities assess relatively small fees (payable directly to them) in addition to the tuition we charge.  For example, UConn presently charges only $35 per credit for the courses offered at CHS, and Syracuse charges $112 per credit.

Are these credits guaranteed to transfer to any college? 
Not necessarily.  All private colleges and most public colleges create their own acceptance policies for transfer credit.  However, a recent assessment of UConn dual credits confirmed that approximately 87% of the credits transferred successfully to other colleges.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 203.590.6115 or