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Westminster Early College

About the Program

Westminster’s Early College (EC) is a dual enrollment program designed for academically prepared high school students. Early College Scholars have the opportunity to earn up to a full year of college credits before they finish high school.

Contact the Admissions Office at 724-946-7100 or if you have any questions about the Westminster Early College program.

How It Works

High school students apply for admission to Westminster’s Early College program, usually during their sophomore year. If accepted to the program, EC Scholars come to the Westminster campus to take two-course sequences during the summer session, one in the summer before their junior year and one in the summer before their senior year.

EC Scholars may also take face-to-face Westminster courses during the school year if their school districts and schedules allow. Westminster works to offer EC-appropriate courses early in the morning and at the end of the school day to accommodate high school schedules.

By the time EC Scholars graduate from high school, they could complete up to 8 Westminster courses (32 credits). That’s the equivalent of one full year of college for a fraction of the cost!

Early College Advantage

  • Save thousands of dollars in college tuition.
  • Choose from nearly 100 real college courses, taught by Westminster College professors.
  • Credits earned will transfer to other colleges and universities.

A Free Year of College!

The Early College is a gateway to becoming a full- time Westminster student. Successful participation makes admission to the college very likely.

In addition, EC Scholars who enroll at Westminster College immediately after high school are eligible for a refund for up to 32 earned credits of their Early College tuition through a special tuition discount.

Tuition & Fees

Summer 2018 EC tuition and InfoTech fee are projected to be $372 per course. Additional fees may apply for individual courses. There is a one-time application fee of $35 to apply for Westminster's Dual Enrollment Program. All first-time students are required to pay a one-time Lifetime Transcript Fee of $50.

Summer 2018

Curious how art can be inspired by science? How robots can work together to complete a task? Or does the idea of building robots and sculptures sound like a great way to spend your summer? If so, then come experience the intersection of arts and sciences in summer 2018! The Early College will offer a special introductory course sequence that includes Art 120 (“Sculpture and Science”) and Computer Science 115 (“Introduction to Robotics”). Any highly motivated student is encouraged to apply – no previous experience in sculpture or robotics is required. 

Relevant Courses

Check the Undergraduate Schedule of Classes for upcoming courses. Courses most relevant for the Early College include the following:

 Accounting (201)

Art (101-219)

Astronomy (141-143, 161, 201)

Biology (201, 202, 203)

Broadcasting (111)

Business Administration (140, 160)

Chemistry (101-180)

Communications (200-205, 225)

Computer Science (115, 151, 152, 201)

Criminal Justice (102, 201)

Digital Journalism (111)

Economics (150)

Education (231, 266)

English (101-199, 240)

Environmental Science (160)

French (depends on background)

History (101-106, 225, 226, 252)

International Studies (101)

Math (100’s, note pre-reqs)

Music (101, 121)

Philosophy (101, 102)

Physics (141)

Political Science (101, 102, 215)

Psychology (101)

Religion (100, 160, 170, 171)

Sociology (101-108)

Spanish (depends on background)

Special Education (201)

Speech (111)

Theatre (101, 102)

Writing (111, 201, 202, 251-258, note pre-reqs)