Earn Tuition-Free College Credit

High school seniors over the age of 16 have the opportunity to earn college credit through Rasmussen College’s Early Honors Program.

The Early Honors Program is a great way for high school students to experience college while still supported by high school staff and mentors, try a course that may not be offered at the high school, or explore a possible future career by taking an introductory course.

Contact a high school program manager at 888-5-RASMUSSEN for more information about our programs and how to enroll.

Will students need to use high school computers for Early Honors classes?

Most technology courses require access to specialized hardware and software, which are available to students at Rasmussen College campuses; Early Honors students electing to complete courses online will need to secure their own access to required hardware and software.

Are the credits earned through the Early Honors program transferable to other colleges?

Students who elect to pursue their education at another academic institution will be issued a transcript from Rasmussen College; these credits may be transferable at the complete discretion of the receiving institution.

What is the cost for students to participate in Early Honors?

No-cost tuition; but students must cover the cost of textbooks, supplies, and technology requirements for each course. We can provide information about course specifics including: textbook prices, supplies, and technology requirements.

How many classes and credits can a student take and earn through Early Honors?

Seniors may take up to four credits per quarter without a tuition charge. A maximum of 24 credits per student can be earned through the Early Honors Program.

What are the student requirements for participation in the Early Honors program?

Students must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.25 out of a possible 4.00 and achieve a minimum score of 25 on the writing portion of the STEP assessment. To continue enrollment in the Early Honors Program, students must maintain a minimum Rasmussen College cumulative grade point average of 2.00 out of 4.00.

Are the Early Honors courses accredited?

Yes. Rasmussen College has earned regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Is the Early Honors program the same as dual enrollment/post secondary?

Yes and no. This is an opportunity for students to earn college level credit outside of high school; however, each high school determines if Early Honors courses can be applied toward high school credit.