Precollege Enrollment

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Join the Bears

Earn college credit in high school

Start earning credit and save both time and money when you start college.

Precollege Enrollment

Are you a high school student who wants to get a head start on college? Missouri State offers you several options to gain college credit. These credits count towards your college degree, saving you both time and money. You can earn credit by taking classes, attending academies over the summer and more. Check all the options and choose the ones that suit you.


Pave your way towards college

A couple credits closer to becoming a Bear

Want to take college classes for credit? Explore the different options you have as a high school student.
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Option 1: Dual Credit

Missouri State dual credit allows you to earn college credit while you’re taking classes in your own high school.
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Option 2: Dual Enrollment

Take classes on campus, learn from MSU professors and earn college credit.


Get the skills and motivation you need

Missouri State programs for high school students

Missouri State University offers ways to prepare you for your journey. These programs are offered on the Springfield campus.
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TRIO Upward Bound

This program will help you build the skills you need to excel in high school and college.
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Missouri Fine Arts Academy

MFAA is for creative students to explore the different roles the arts play in society. MFAA takes place at Missouri State University each June.


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Join your peers to learn about community engagement, diverse perspectives and leadership. The program occurs on the Springfield campus in July.
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MSDI offers you on-campus camps where you can practice debate during the summer.

Test Prep Programs

Advanced Placement (AP)

Most colleges and universities will grant credit for College Board Advanced Placement Examinations. The needed score on each AP exam in order to earn credit is determined by each college. MSU offers several opportunities for college credit through AP exams.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

If you are enrolled in an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, you may earn college credit by achieving certain scores on IB exams in academic subject areas. At MSU, we offer a variety of opportunities for students who have participated in the rigorous course work of an IB program.

Students can transfer in credit, but do not automatically earn credit through Missouri State if they are in an IB/AP testing program.