Charles Woods looks at marine life in a tank with students at the Rankin Lab at the Avery Point campus on April 14, 2014. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Guiding Principles

UConn Early College Experiences provides opportunities for high school students to take college courses while still in high school. Courses are regularly monitored for comparability through a syllabus collection, re-grading of student work on campus, classroom observations, annual professional development of instructors, and frequent contact with UConn faculty coordinators.

We ensure that:

  • UConn courses offered in the high school are as rigorous as courses offered on campus
  • Students are held to the same expectation and standards of achievement as on-campus students
  • Instructors meet the same requirements for on campus adjunct faculty and are provided support by faculty in their discipline

A Diversity of Courses

UConn Early College Experience offers 66 courses in 32 disciplines. The curriculum is designed to offer a variety of general education courses that appeal to a diverse group of students. These challenging courses allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and a financial head-start on a college degree. Many courses in the UConn ECE catalog meet requirements for numerous college majors and for graduation. Courses taken through UConn Early College Experience are equivalent to the same course offered on a University of Connecticut campus. Students follow the same curriculum and grading rubric that has been designed by the University department.

PDF of the entire course catalog: Course Catalog (updated January 2019)

Student Eligibility Guidelines

The UConn Early College Experience office continues to extend the responsibility of student gatekeeping into courses to our partner high schools. Although each high school may have additional criteria specific to their student population, our UConn ECE partners should utilize our Student Eligibility Guidelines in their student selection process. These include:

  • Students must have fulfilled any formal prerequisites required by the UConn department for a particular course.
  • It is recommended that students have demonstrated through prior academic performance an ability to succeed in the subject area for any course for which they register.
  • Any student registered at a partner high school for a specific course should be recommended by an instructor or guidance counselor at the high school.

Providing the Course Eligibility Guidelines to our partners is not intended to change your current process, but to provide guidance as you select student participants for UConn ECE courses.

List of Sequence Courses

CHEM1127Q & CHEM1128Q. SPSS2520 & SPSS3530. ILCS3239 & ILCS3240. MATH1131Q & MATH1132Q. MUSI1011 & MUSI1012. SPSS3230 & SPSS3240. PHYS1201Q & PHYS1202Q. PHYS1401Q & PHYS1402Q. GERM3233 & GERM 3255.

Students must pass the first course of the sequence with a "C" or higher in order to continue onto the second course. If a student fails to pass, then he or she is automatically dropped from the second course of the sequence and refunded any course fees paid.

New courses

Periodically, new courses are added the UConn ECE program. This process takes about a year and involves intense negotiations with the UConn department to oversee the course. A pilot course runs in a limited number of schools until it is determined to be a good fit.  If you have an idea for a new course, please contact Executive Director Brian Boecherer.