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The Early College Partnership that the U has with AMES allows prepared high school students who are eligible to earn both high school and college credit by taking College level courses work. These courses are taught at AMES Early College High School (exception: Chemistry Lab).  All courses fulfill graduation requirements in the Utah State Higher Education system. 

program requirements

  • Junior or senior class standing, freshman and sophomore by exception
  • A student must present indicators such a 3.0 GPA, a B grade or better in academic classes, and good attendance which indicates the student is prepared for college-level instruction. MATH courses require a specific ACT Math Score.  All courses have certain pre-requisites.
  • If the student wishes to participate in college level courses not offered at AMES, qualified students can participate in the High School University Program. Deadlines are different you will need to check on their website.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 higher or higher cumulative GPA. If a student's GPA falls below a 2.0 in UofU/AMES courses, the student will not be allowed to continue to participate. Students must meet all the pre-requisite requirements of the University courses (there are no exceptions).
  • You are considered a non-matriculated student, non-degrees seeking.
  • Students who wish to attend the U as a freshman will need to complete the standard admissions application.

participation and deadlines

  • Step 1: UofU Orientation (in person preferred or online if necessary).
  • Step 2: Register with the USHE to participate in concurrent enrollment, the parent consent is included as part of the registration process (students must re-register each year).
  • Step 3: UofU Liability Waiver also need be completed before a student can register for classes(students must re-register each year).
  • Step 4: Registration Link to register for UofU class(es)(must meet the pre-requisite for each UofU class).
  • AMES orientation is in April
  • Register with USHE starting May 1st
  • UofU Liability waiver completed by August 1st
  • UofU Register link will be sent when the first 3 items are completed
  • Your uNID # will be created from the list we receive from USHE, this is why registration with USHE is a required step for you to complete.
  • Yes, student must complete all steps prior to deadlines. Fail to do so will result in a loss of opportunity to take courses.
  • Registering for classes at AMES does not sign you up for classes at the University this is a separate process.

Tuition and Fees

  • Currently for the 2017–18 school year, colleges and universities are charging $5 per credit hour for each concurrent enrollment course for which students receive college credit. However, the law states that a secondary student may be charged partial tuition up to $30 per credit hour for each concurrent enrollment course for which the student receives college credit. Even if colleges begin charging $30 per credit hour, the following circumstances limit the fee they can charge.
  • No more than $5 per credit hour may be charged for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch.
  • No, tuition fees are not subject to fee waivers. Items subject to fee waivers, are lab fees, material costs as well as textbooks.
  • There is no financial aid assistance for Early College Courses.
  • Individual Students will be permitted to earn up to 30 semester hours of college credit per year.
  • This only applies to any concurrent classes taken at AMES or other higher education institutions. Classes taken outside of AMES are subject to the tuition of the higher education institution.

Course PreRequisites

This information is also located on the Class Schedule.
FALL Semester
  • Prerequisites: "C-" or better in CHEM 1210 OR AP Chem score of at least 4.
  • Student must be co-enrolled in Chemistry Lab, which is held on the UofU campus.
  • MATH 1030 (Completion of MATH I, II, III with an average grade of "C "or better or ACT MATH Score 19 or better, Accuplacer CLM score of 60 or better) Cover a broad scope of mathematical topics as they apply to real world problems.  Topics include reasoning and number sense, using percents and estimations, math for finance matters such as loans and investments, probability and statistics, and modeling.  Intro to Quantitative Reasoning may be the last Math class students take in College.  Appriopriate for student in: English/Languages, Fine Arts, Humanities, Performing Arts
  • MATH 1040 (Completion of MATH I, II, III with an average grade of "C" or better or ACT MATH Score 19 or better, "C" or better in MATH 1060. Accuplacer CLM>=50,"C" or better to progress to MATH 1060)  Includes descriptive and inferential statistical methods. Topics include sampling design, descriptive statistics, linear regression and correlation, probability, sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. MATH 1040 may be the last Math class you take in college. Appropriate for study in:  History, Nursing, Psychology, Social Sciences (Nursing & Athletic Training will require completion of MATH 1070)
  • MATH 1050 (Completion of MATH I, II, III with an average grade of "C" or better and ACT MATH Score 23 or better, "C" or better in MATH 1060. Accuplacer CLM>=60,"C" or better to progress to MATH 1060) 

    An in-depth exploration of algebra topics designed to ultimately prepare students for Calculus or further education courses. Topics include functions, including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic; systems of equations; matrices and determinants; partial fraction decomposition; conics; and sequences and series. MATH 1050 is the first Math class you will likely take in a math-intensive college major.  Appropriate for study in:  Business, Biological & Physical Sciences, Engineering, Education

  • MATH 1210 ("C" or better in (MATH 1050 and 1060) ACT Math Score 28+ or higher, Accuplacer>=90) C or better in (MATH 1210) OR AP Calculus AB score of at least 4 OR AP Calculus BC score of at least 3.
  • ACT Math Score 28 or higher, Accuplacer>=90
  • Co-Enrollment with MATH 1210 is allowed,
  • None at the university level
  • Prerequisites: "C-" or better in CHEM 1210 OR AP Chem score of at least 4.
  • Student must be co-enrolled in Chemistry Lab, which is held on the UofU campus.
  • MATH 1060 ("C" or better in MATH 1050 or Accuplacer CLM Score of 80 or higher)
  • Math 1220 (C or better in (MATH 1210) OR AP Calculus AB score of at least 4 OR AP Calculus BC score of at least 3.
  • C- or better in (MATH 1220) OR AP Calculus BC score of at least 4) AND (PHYS 2210) OR AP Physics C Mech score of at least 4.
  • C or better required in UGS 2001
  • C- or better in WRTG 1010 OR (score of at least 3 in (AP Language/Comp OR AP Languages OR AP Comp & Read)

Academic Calendar

  • These calendars show the deadlines for the current academic year.
  • The dates classes begin and end, they will be different from your high school schedule.
  • When you can drop or withdraw from classes.

Important Information

  • The final course grade is recorded on a student permanent college transcript regardless of the results, the same grade is recorded on the high school transcript for the course. Credit is earned by performance and participation throughout the course.
  • In contrast to the AP Program, where college credit is granted upon successful completion of a national exam and no record is kept on the student college transcript if the exam is not passed.
  • The student is enrolled in public education while completing the college course, this protection has not yet been transferred from the parent to the child. Parents may request and must be given information the students’ academic progress in their Early College class
  • Failed courses can’t be repeated at the high school. Classes can be repeated at the University of Utah Campus (exception Social Construction of Race and Gender is only taught at AMES). Full tuition would apply.
  • If you drop a class before the deadline, it will be as if you never signed up for the class. If you withdraw a W will appear on your transcript. The W shows an attempt to complete a class. Financial Aid will only pay for three attempts. Attempts in High School count against this number. The responsibility is yours to drop or withdraw from any classes at the U.
Students will not be allowed to withdraw from a class after the withdraw date. A petition must be submitted to the Academic Advising Center and Office of Undergraduate Studies to authorize a late withdrawal. These petitions are available from your school counselor and are granted for non-academic reasons.Not doing well in the class is not sufficient reason to be allowed to withdraw. (Then you'd need to get some copies of the petition and the instructions about how to get in contact with Academic Advising Center to your high school counselor).


  • They are the same, Early College is the name the University uses for this Program, and Concurrent Enrollment is the name the State Office uses for the same program.
  • Credits and grades will be posted on a student’s high school transcript and count toward the high school GPA.
  • All grades are posted to an official college transcript, and a college GPA is established. This transcript becomes part of a student’s permanent college record. A grade of C- or lower may not be considered a passing grade at the college. Therefore, a student may have to retake the course.
  • Courses may not be retaken.
  • A cumulative GPA of a C- or lower may place a student on academic probation with the college and affect financial aid eligibility.
  • CE offers college credit to those students who complete the course. Students receive a grade and credit on both their high school and college transcripts.
  • AP requires that a student pass the AP Exam to earn college credit. The amount of credit awarded is dependent upon the student’s score and the college or university acceptance requirement. A fee is charged to take the exam.  Here is guide on AP Credits in the USHE system.
  • IB provides courses in a variety of subjects tied to an international curriculum. IB requires that a student pass an IB exam to earn college credit. The amount of credit awarded is dependent upon the student's score and the college or university acceptance requirement. A fee is charged to take the exam.
  • EC students pay tuition and fees to the institution they attend, and must provide their own transportation to the university campus. Credit is posted to a college transcript. Students may request that credit also be posted to their high school transcript.  High School University would be considered and Early College program. 

Contact Us
Phone(801) 581-8920

Email Account

  • When you are entered into the University System a university email account is created for you.
  • Any notification from the University will come to this umail account.
  • Review your umail account often it is to your advantage.  This email account can be also forwarded to your personal email.
  • We don't as rule use your personal email account for University business.
Last Updated: 11/17/17