Early College Credit Program

High school students, grades 9-12, will be eligible to take courses during the fall, spring or summer semesters to earn college credit through the Early College Credit Program (ECCP). Eligible students may be permitted to enroll at one of our campuses to take one or more courses for which the student may earn high school credit, post-secondary credit or both.

To be considered for ECCP, students in 9th grade must have taken Algebra I in middle school and provide a recommendation letter from a school official. Students in grades 10-12 must have a 2.0 GPA or better in high school. All students must display a level of responsibility and maturity needed to succeed in a college-level course. If approved by the school board, the student can receive both high school and college credit or just college credit upon successful completion of the course.

College courses taken by high school students become part of the permanent University record and may affect subsequent admission to post-secondary institutions. Please be aware that a poor grade earned in an Early College Credit Program course could have a negative impact on a future admissions decision for a student.

The UW Colleges 14 campuses offer Early College Credit. 

To Apply

To apply for the Early College Credit Program you'll need the following materials: 

  1. UW System Admissions application (select "High School Special/Early College Credit Program")
  2. Approved Early College Credit Program form
  3. High school transcripts
  4. (If applicable), AP test scores, college transcript or placement test scores to verify pre-requisites have been met
  5. Completed Course Confirmation Form

Submit your information to:

UW Colleges Admissions Office
780 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715


Email the UW Colleges Admissions Office UWCadmissions@uwc.edu

Application Deadlines

Summer/Fall Semester

June 1 -- All application materials must be submitted by 4:30 p.m.

Spring Semester

December 1 -- All application materials must be submitted by 4:30 p.m.


After you Apply

  • Set up a UW Colleges Email
  • Set up a PRISM account: PRISM is where a student can access the Student Center. The Student Center includes the student “To Do” list, advisor contact information and class schedule.
  • The UW Colleges Admissions Office will mail accepted students an acceptance letter.
  • Students must take care of all class prerequisites either by submitting AP scores or taking a placement test. 
    • All math and English courses have prerequisites that will require the student to take a placement test, submit AP test scores or previously completed college course work. Prerequisites and course descriptions can be found by double clicking the course title listed in the campus schedule of classes. Students will not be enrolled until prerequisites have been verified.
    • Placement tests can be scheduled by calling the UW Colleges Solution Center at 888-463-6892.
  • Students must check their UW Colleges email for important information before class and during the semester.  
  • Students need to "purchase" textbooks at the campus bookstore. 
  • Students taking UW Colleges Online classes purchase textbooks at the Online eFollett bookstore.

Tips for Selecting Courses 

  • Talk to your high school counselor to see which courses are appropriate.
  • Check the campus schedule of classes on the campus website. If it is not available, check the course schedule from the previous year to see what was offered that semester. Many courses are offered on a specific rotation so previous terms are a good indicator of what will be offered. For example, if you are looking to take a class the spring of 2018, you would refer to the spring 2017 course schedule.

Enrolling in Courses

  • Admission does not guarantee enrollment in specific classes.
  • Enrollment will be handled by the Registrar beginning May 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester. 
  • Students can view their schedules in their Student Center located in PRISM.
  • Complete the Prerequisite Verification process.
    1. We are unable to register you for all courses that you requested until the prerequisite verification is completed. Verification must take place prior to the registration deadline. Prerequisites and course descriptions can be found online by double-clicking the course title listed in the campus schedule of classes. To verify which specific UW Colleges credit (course name) is awarded for each of the AP exams, review Advanced Standing Credit. Prerequisite requirements can be verified in the following ways:
      1. Prior enrollment and completion of prerequisite course at an institution of higher education.
      2. AP Test Scores (official)
      3. UW Placement Test
    2. What you need to do:
      1. If you have already completed the prerequisite, send the transcript (from the college) which shows course completion or your official AP Test (from College Board) results to the UW Colleges Admissions Office.
      2. If you have NOT already completed the prerequisite, call the UW Colleges Solution Center at 888-463-6892 to schedule a math, English, or foreign language Placement Test. 
      3. Return the Course Confirmation Form, if you are providing a transcript or AP test scores, you may send them along in the same envelope. Please send these documents to the address below.
  • Return your Early College Credit Program Course Confirmation form by the deadline.  You must submit your form by July 1 (fall) and January 1 (spring).
    1. Admission does not guarantee enrollment for a specific, approved course. Youth Options students enroll on a space-available basis.
    2. The UW Colleges Course Confirmation Form must be completed and returned to the UW Colleges Admissions Office.
    3. UW Colleges Admissions Office will enroll students in courses. 
    4. A letter will be sent to the student to confirm enrollment.
    5. Students can view their schedules in their Student Center located in PRISM.
    6. Schedules will be mailed to both the high school and the student.
  • Refer to our Course Schedule to view courses available to you.

After completion of courses