Early Start Program

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Southern University at New Orleans offers an Early Start program that allows students to earn college credits while still in high school.

The program is open to students who have successfully completed required high school coursework, have passed the LEAP and GEE and have demonstrated the maturity necessary to matriculate in a university setting. You must also receive recommendations from your school’s guidance counselor and approval from your principal to enter the program.

Early Start: Brochure (861 KB)

Early Start Application (458 KB)

What courses are available through Early Start?

Enrichment and developmental courses are offered for 12th grade students who are on track to complete the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum. All other course offerings are subject to student demand and the individual discretion of participating high schools. Please see your school’s Early Start coordinator for more information.

What does Early Start cost?

  • SUNO’s early start program is offered at no cost to eligible students.

How many credits can I earn?

A dual enrolled student may earn up to 3 credit hours per semester beginning in their junior year of high school allowing a participating student the opportunity to earn as many as 12 hours of university-level credits prior to formal admission to a university.

How do I get started?

Interested students should contact their high school counselor for information regarding the process for admission to the Early Start Program at Southern University at New Orleans.

Counselors review student records to determine eligibility. Eligibility requirements are set to all high schools with the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area.

Once a student has been deemed eligible for participation by a counselor or their designee, he or she will be provided official documents that must be signed by a parent or legal guardian indicating approval. All official documents must be submitted to high school counselors.


Requirements for Participation

General eligibility requirements:
- Fifteen (15) years of age and currently enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade.
- PLAN or ACT assessment scores on file.
- Permission by high school and parent/guardian to participate.
- Student in good standing at enrolled high school.
- Ability to receive dual credit for high school & college.

College-level course eligibility:
- On track for completing LA Core 4 Curriculum
- Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0
- Minimum PLAN Composite score of 18 or minimum ACT Composite score of 18 or SAT equivalent.
- Subscore of at least 18 in English.
- Subscore of at least 19 in Mathematics.

Enrichment/Developmental course eligibility:
- On track for completing LA Core 4 Curriculum
- Minimum PLAN Composite score of 14 or minimum ACT Composite score of 15 or SAT equivalent.
- 12th grade student.

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