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 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:

  • Digital Media
  • 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 Fall 2014

(Fall semester begins August 26th and ends December 12th)
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.

DIG 251Introduction to Presentation Graphics1 credit

An introduction to creation, formatting, and real-time implementation of presentation graphics. Students will learn the basics of presentation design, procedures in digital presentation software programs, and techniques for presenting visual stories.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PHL 213Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

A survey of the fundamentals of philosophy, including essential terminology and major thinkers. An overview of metaphysics, epistemology, deductive and inductive logic, ethics and philosophy of religion.

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.

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.

THE 233An Introduction to the History and Theology of the AG 3 credits

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.