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All students who enter Western directly after graduating from high school are considered first-year students for admission purposes even if they earned college credit while in high school.
There are many ways to earn college credit while in high school. These include college courses and AP, IB, and Cambridge International exams.
First-year students who earn college credit while in high school are eligible for first-year student scholarships. They are also granted advanced standing and major course access when appropriate.
Running Start and College in the High School
Your Running Start or College in the High School courses transfer the same as they would for transfer students according to our transfer credit policies. For a list of in-state college courses that transfer, please review our Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.
How to Receive Credit
Official college transcripts or test scores are required before college credit can be granted.
If you're taking courses through Running Start or College in the High School, you will need to ask your current college to send an official transcript to Western before we can award credit; where possible, electronic transcripts are preferred. (Once you have graduated you will also need to submit your high school transcript with your graduation date).
The sooner you get your college transcripts to us the sooner we can award your college credit.
Credit by Exam
Western grants up to 45 credits for any combination of credit by examination, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge International examinations. Procedures for sending official exam results are indicated below.