Early College

Earn MSU college credit online as a high school student

Early College courses offerings will return in Fall 2021.

Take Early College courses online and study independently. Start building your transcript before enrolling as a Missouri State freshman. Get an affordable head start on your degree.

Early College courses cost over 70% less than the same course taken online as a freshman. You’ll pay $70 a credit hour plus an e-book fee. 

These courses are a part of general education requirements at MSU. If you attend another state school in Missouri, these Core42 credits will transfer. Already taking dual credit courses at your high school? No problem! You can take both types of courses at the same time.

Save time. Save money.

Get a head start on your education taking online courses, on your own time, from Missouri State.



Pay only $70 per credit hour plus an e-book fee.
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Save over 70% of what you would pay for an online course as an MSU freshman.
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Combine Early College courses with dual credit courses. You may qualify for an automatic $1,000 scholarship.
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Some Early College courses apply to MSU's general education requirements. If you attend another Missouri public college or university, Core42 courses are guaranteed to transfer.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Scholarship

High school students who receive free and reduced lunches are eligible for a dual credit scholarship.

What should I know about the courses?

  • Different courses may be offered each semester
  • Instead of attending in-person lectures, you'll view video lectures through Blackboard (MSU's learning management system.
  • You’ll study the same curriculum as the students seated in lecture halls on campus.
  • Courses are recorded on your Missouri State transcript

Is this the same as dual credit?

Similar, but different. In dual credit classes, you earn credit at the high school and at the university. Credit is only earned at the university for Early College courses. There is no equivalent course at the high school. High school teachers deliver dual credit courses at the school. Missouri State faculty teach Early College courses online.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be a junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Homeschool students are eligible for Early College courses.

Ready to get started?

Register for Early College courses

Registration will resume in Fall 2021.