Earn College Credit Before You Arrive for Freshman Year

Barry Lenson

Earn College Credit Before You Arrive for Freshman Year

More students today are earning college credits before they show up for freshman year. As you probably know already, many of them are getting ahead by taking AP classes in high school and then taking AP exams.

But there are other ways to earn those credits ahead of time. Here are some strategies that you might not know ...

  • You can earn credit for knowledge you already have. For example, did you grow up speaking a second language? If you possess knowledge that should earn you college credit, you can the CLEP (College Credit for Life Experience) exam. It is offered in more than 30 subject areas, including history, languages, mathematics and science. The cost is currently $72 per test. So be sure to ask the colleges where you are applying if you can utilize the CLEP to earn credits.
  • You can take core courses at a community college before you start college. If you are about to enter a private college or university, taking a few required courses at a community college can save a lot of money.
  • You can take courses online to earn credits. It’s a wise, cost-effective way to cut the high cost of college and shorten the amount of time it will take to earn your degree. StraighterLine.com, for example, provides a good selection of online courses that earn transferable credits.

So, can you earn college credits before you pull up to your dorm and start college? More students are discovering that it is possible. Perhaps you should become one of them.

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