- Grades in college courses become a part of the student’s permanent high school and college records.
- Book purchases and class fees are the responsibility of the student.
- Exposure to a large and diverse student body.
- Firsthand experience with college culture.
- Students may be exposed to alternative viewpoints and material of an adult nature.
- The college calendar does not match the high school calendar (holidays, finals and vacations).
- College courses typically requires at least two hours of homework for each hour of class.
- Class pace and rigor; a yearlong class in the high school is completed in a ten week quarter at EWU.
- Students who are academically ready may find the required independence and speed of college classes overwhelming; student’s maturity level should be considered.
- Accessibility to EWU’s learning resources: JFK library, EWU Writers Center, Mathematics Tutoring Lab, and Learning Commons.
- Upon admission, students may need to travel to the Eastern Washington University campus twice for math/English placement testing and orientation. Travel for classes is not required in most cases.
- Online courses require an additional level of maturity, self-motivation and self-reliance than traditional college courses.
- Transportation arrangements; as an EWU student, students can ride STA buses for free.
- Scheduling of college classes may conflict with some high school classes/activities.
- High schools provide more of a social network and experiences geared toward teenagers.
Students must be juniors or seniors in high school by the start of the EWU fall quarter. Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 or above can be admitted without submitting standardized test scores. Those who do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above, and home-school students, must submit an ACT, PSAT, or SAT test score for admission consideration.
- Tuition is free; students or parents can save up to two years in college tuition costs
- Earn up to two years of college credit
- Take a wide variety of classes that may not be offered at the high school
- Gives academically qualified students the opportunity to take more challenging or advanced courses
- Highly-motivated, mature students may thrive in the college environment
- A diverse college student population provides a rich learning environment
- Testing is not required to earn credit
- Credits transferable to Washington State universities and community colleges, as well as to most other universities
- Experiencing college classes while still in high school can help in making future educational plans
Additional Benefits of Online
- Can take EWU classes even from a distance, no need to travel to the campus in most cases
- More flexible scheduling