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Early College


Early College

Finish your first two years of college – before you’ve graduated high school!

What is Early College?

Early college students spend their junior and senior years of high school taking college classes full time. This fully-immersive college experience allows students to get a real college experience, graduating with both a high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree.

Why Early College?

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Earn Your Diploma and Your Degree

We work with your high school to ensure that the classes you take at STLCC earn high school credit, too. This means you stay on track for high school graduation, while working toward an Associate’s Degree at STLCC.

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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds

With school permission, you can still participate in high school extracurriculars, sports and events. Enjoy the best of what your high school and STLCC campuses have to offer!

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Credits that Transfer

When you choose STLCC, you choose to earn credits that are designed to transfer. So when you move on to another college or university, you can trust the work you’ve put in will count. Learn more about Missouri's CORE 42 Program for classes that are transferable, guaranteed.


Each partner high school maintains their own application process. In addition to your high school’s requirements, you must also be junior with a 2.0 GPA or higher at the start of the program. This requirement ensures you’ll have enough time to earn an Associate’s Degree before high school graduation.

Most Early College programs cost $72.50/credit hour. However, some school districts cover partial or full cost of attendance. Check with your high school counselor to learn more about your school’s program.

Participating Schools & Districts

Affton School District Ladue School District Pattonville School District
Bayless School District Lindbergh Schools Ritenour School District 
School District of Clayton Maplewood Richmond Heights School District Rockwood School District
Hancock Place School District Mehlville School District St. Louis Public Schools
Hazelwood School District (Hazelwood East) Meramec Valley R-III School District (Pacific High School) University City School District
Kirkwood School District Parkway School District Webster Groves School District
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Don’t see your high school on the list?

Contact earlycollege@stlcc.edu or your high school administrators.

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