Early College Academy in Engineering, Science, and Technology

The purpose of this program is to provide qualified high school students from partnered schools with the opportunity to take college credit courses at their school during the regular academic year, on the VSU campus through the Early college Academy and, for certain students, to become involved in a meaningful research experience. The Early College Academy at VSU is a program for academically talented high school students who want to get a jump on their college careers. Participants earn college credits in small, customized classes taught by faculty who have been recognized for their commitment to teaching excellence.

At the end of the program, grades are recorded and students receive a VSU transcript. Course credits can be applied toward an undergraduate degree at VSU and at most other colleges and universities. Courses are offered after school during the academic year and Monday through Thursday during the summer.

Memorandum of Understanding
VSU and RAPME will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the participating high schools. The agreement will detail various aspects including logistics of course registration and grading, course syllabi, etc.

Public School Systems: Richmond Public Schools

The number and level of college credit courses offered depends on the academic preparation of the students and the availability of faculty at the University. Students who successfully complete the course work receive college credits that appear on a VSU transcript. These credits are generally transferable to most two and four-year colleges in the U.S. Courses that are available for participating secondary schools include (course descriptions are available at www.vsu.edu):

  • Calculus I (Math 200-3 credits)
  • Calculus II (Math 201-3 credits)
  • English: Composition I (ENGL 110-3 credits)
  • English: Composition II (ENGL 111-3 credits)
  • Introduction to Engineering (ENGR 101-2 credits)
  • General Chemistry I (Chem 101-3 credits)
  • General Chemistry II (Chem 102-3 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Science (CSCI 100-3 credits)
  • Engineering Graphics I (INTC 161-3 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (Econ 210-3 credits)
  • Microeconomics (Econ 211-3 credits)
  • Physics I & Lab (Phys 111/111A1-4 credits)
  • Physics II & Lab (Phys 121/211A1-4 credits)

Tuition & Fees
Students enrolled in VSU college credit courses through this program pay reduced undergraduate tuition and fees. Payment may be made entirely by the school district, entirely by the student's family, or through some shared arrangement. All registration and fees will be processed through the high school.

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