College in the Schools

College in the Schools (CIS) allows juniors and seniors to take free college-level courses at their high school through partnerships between high schools and local colleges and universities.

CIS classes are a good deal because:

  • Students may earn both high school and college credit. This can save you time and money when you actually get to college.
  • The course work is college-level. You may do better in college classes later because you’ll know what to expect.
  • You take college-level courses in your high school. This gives you a taste of college within the safety of your high school walls.

Who is eligible to participate?

You must be a high school junior and senior, but your high school may require a certain academic standing or GPA before you are allowed to participate. Check with your counselor’a office or school district.

Who teaches the course?

The class is taught by a regular high school teacher.

Where is the class taught?

The class is held at your high school just like the rest of your classes.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to the student.

How do I earn college credit?

You earn credit based on your academic performance during the duration of the course as you would with any high school class.

Do all colleges and universities accept these credits?

Acceptance and transfer of credits varies by college, but many do accept credits earned through the program. Others colleges may choose to award advanced placement instead. This allows you to take upper-level courses without taking the introductory, prerequisite courses. Some will allow you to earn both credit and placement. If you’re interested in a specific college, be sure to ask admissions about their policy.

For More Information

To learn whether your high school participates in College in the Schools, talk with your school counselor.