Early College Start

Early College Start - Get a jumpstart on your college education

Get a jumpstart on your college education!

The Early College Start program allows juniors and seniors in high school to take online General Education courses for college credit through dual enrollment or co-enrollment. Each high school must determine whether high school credit will be granted for classes completed for college credit at the University of Valley Forge. A part-time Admissions Application is required. All courses are available online and fully accredited.


Average cost of attending a 4-year private college = $40,917/yr*

Average cost of attending University of Valley Forge = $28,510/yr

Early Start at UVF
If you take 6 credit hours per semester in your junior and senior years of high school, you will earn the equivalent of one full-year (24 credits) of college credits for only $2,576!** That's LESS than the 2013 average community college full-time tuition of $3,131 per College Board report.

It gets better! If you enroll at the University of Valley Forge in our residential program (on or off campus) upon high school graduation and have taken a minimum of 12 Early College Start credits, you will receive a $2,000 Early College Start Scholarship. You get your money back and your new cost would be $576 for 24 college credits!

A FULL YEAR OF COLLEGE CREDITS WITH A SAVINGS OF OVER $36,000***

SELECT GENERAL EDUCATION ONLINE COURSES OFFERED IN:

  • English - Literature
  • English
  • Composition
  • Biblical Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Math
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Science
See the full listing of courses offered for the Fall 2014 semester below.

* 2013-2014 average cost (includes tuition, fees, room and board) per the College Board report.
** Assumes 6 credits per semester during your high school junior and senior years at $99/credit plus a $50/semester technology fee.
*** 2014-2015 average cost (includes tuition, fees, room & board). 

Online courses offered for Spring 2015

(Spring semester begins January 13th and ends May 8th)
BIB 103Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 credits

A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools.
Only required for non-ministry majors.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required. Students will receive a final grade of A, B, C, or F.

Prerequisite: Minimum score of 420 on Critical Reading SAT or 17 on ACT English. Those without scores will need to complete a placement exam (online) and receive a passing grade to take ENG 123.
LIT 243English Literature3 credits

A critical and historical study of selected English literature from the fifth century to the present. Representative authors from each period are selected so that students may gain an appreciation for outstanding authors and an understanding of the society in which each lived.
Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497.

FNA 113Fine Arts Appreciation 3 credits

This course is designed to develop and expand an appreciation for music, art, and aesthetics. Introduces major movements and ideas in art, music, and architecture. Examines historical time periods and major figures including their philosophy, style, and view of aesthetics. Requires participation in cultural excursions.

HIS 233U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc.

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

HIS 383 Modern and Contemporary Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from 1500 AD to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

MTH 123Quantitative Reasoning3 credits

This course applies mathematics to life skill areas for personal and professional use with an emphasis in problem-solving.
Prerequisite: Minimum Score of 440 on Mathematics SAT, 18 on ACT math, OR successful completion of MTH 107 with a grade of C- or higher.

Those without scores will need to complete a placement exam (online) and receive a passing grade to take MTN 123.
MTH 203Introduction to Statistics 3 credits

Statistics has become known as the mathematical tool or approach for analyzing data in order to draw reliable conclusions. This course will consider the most useful statistical methods; identify the statistical methods most widely used in education, psychology, and the social sciences; and study the mathematical formulas that are used in statistical applications.
Prerequisite: MTH 123 or MTH 213

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

PSY 283 Lifespan Human Development3 credits

A survey of human development from conception to death. Focus is on the biological, intellectual, and psycho-social development of the individual person.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

PSY 333 Pastoral Counseling3 credits

An introduction to the pastoral perspective in counseling. A study of the biblical basis for counseling will be conducted. Emphasis will be given to a survey of techniques for premarital, marriage, family, career guidance, grief, and pre-referral counseling.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.

SCI 123General Biology3 credits

An introduction to biology. Topics covered included basic chemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, and biotechnology. An overview of the major groups of organisms is included with an emphasis on the species that affect human health. Early Childhood Education majors must take corresponding laboratory.

SCI 143Ecology and Environmental Science3 credits

A study of the relationships and interactions between living organisms and their environment. Attention is given to ecosystems, use of natural resources, pollution, and endangered species. Early Childhood and Middle Level Education majors must take corresponding laboratory.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.