YSU’s College in High School open to more students

Dozens more high schools students from across the region could be eligible to earn college credit through Youngstown State University’s College in High School program thanks to a change in eligibility requirements.

Enrollment requirements were recently changed to align with new state standards for college readiness, said Sharon Schroeder, assistant director of YSU Metro Credit, which oversees CHS. The change will mean that more students than ever will be eligible to enroll in the classes in the 2013-14 academic year, she said.

“CHS is a tremendous opportunity for high school students to earn college credit and get a jump on their college careers without leaving the comfort and convenience of their local high school,” Schroeder said. “The new standards for enrollment will open this opportunity to even more students throughout the region.”

Started seven years ago at YSU, College in High School allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit while taking classes in their home high schools as part of the regular school day. The classes, which range from calculus and general chemistry to American literature and physics, are first year, general education courses at YSU and are taught by teachers at each of the high schools with the oversight of YSU faculty. Credits earned are transferable to any Ohio public university.

This year, 531 students from 39 school districts in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties are enrolled in classes amounting to nearly 3,500 credit hours.

Applications are due to YSU by June 1 for fall semester 2013 and Oct. 31 for spring semester 2014. Students should check with their guidance office for additional high school deadlines.

Eligible students must be high school juniors or seniors, must have passed the Ohio Graduation Test, must have a 3.0 overall grade point average and must have achieved ACT scores of 18 in English, 21 in Reading and 22 in Math. In the past, ACT scores of 23 Composite and 23 English were required. The program provides free ACT prep online through a grant from the Eastern Ohio P-16 Council to help students qualify. It is open to any high school student

For more information on College in High School, including a list of participating school districts, visit web.ysu.edu/metrocredit and click on College in High School.