Early College

Early College

What is the difference between Aspirations and Dual Enrollment?

Aspirations courses are taught by professors from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and are delivered online, on-site at the Presque Isle campus, and at the Houlton Higher Education Center. High school juniors and seniors* may take up to 6 credits per semester for free to go toward their college transcript.

Dual-Enrollment courses are currently only offered at a few high schools in Aroostook County. The courses are taught by UMPI-qualified high school teachers. These teachers work in conjunction with UMPI faculty to create common syllabi and make sure that students are receiving the same materials as the college students at UMPI. In addition to receiving credit for college through these courses, these students are also receiving credit towards their high school diploma!

How old do you need to be to participate in Early College at UMPI?

In order to participate in Aspirations courses, you must be a high school junior or senior.

What are the benefits of doing Early College Classes?

Early College allows high school students to jump start the college transition process, ¬†earn college credit, prove that they’re capable of college-level work, and save hundreds of dollars in tuition fees.

*For more details on qualifications for Aspirations, please look at our Aspirations page.