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:

Summer Semester - Applications due by May 11

  • College Writing & Research
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey

Fall Semester - Applications due by August 14

  • College Writing & Research
  • General Biology
  • Life Formation
  • Intro to Psychology

Spring Semester - Applications due by January 1

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Fine Arts Appreciation
  • Worldviews
  • US History: Colonization to Reconstruction (high school seniors only)

* 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). 

Early Start Courses & Descriptions

(Spring semester begins January 13th and ends May 8th)
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.