Be Better Prepared for Your Future: Earn College Credits While Still in High School
Opportunity meets mentorship in the College Now program at Point Park University. Through this program, students at participating high schools have the opportunity to earn college credits while education majors at Point Park serve as mentors to these students.
College Now participants can also seek guidance and support from Point Park faculty and advisors. High school students who are interested in majoring in education will be given admission preference into the program.
Key Benefits of the College Now Program
Associate Professor of Education Stanley Denton, Ph.D.,
speaks with families at a College Now orientation.
- Earn up to 36 college credits in junior and senior year of high school.
- Receive a significant tuition discount for College Now courses, saving thousands of dollars in college tuition.
- Apply course credit to both high school and college requirements. Depending on transfer policies, course credit may be used at any college.
- Receive personal support from College Now mentors and advisers.
- Engage in class with college students and participate in activities at Point Park's dynamic Downtown Pittsburgh campus.
Additional benefits for students enrolled in Point Park’s College Now program include increased confidence in college success, increased motivation to attend college and improved academic performance in high school.
Students have also reported that participation in the program has helped them make a smooth transition to college.
Types of Classes
College Now students have taken introductory classes in a wide variety of subjects including business, economics, English, natural sciences, government, history, speech communications, journalism, mathematics, political science, psychology and sociology.
Requirements for Admission to College Now
- Cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.
- Minimum of one recommendation from a high school teacher
- Participation of high school in College Now program (see Participating Schools list below)
Pictured is Keith Paylo, Point Park University associate
VP of student affairs and dean of students.
The following schools have participated in the program:
- Propel Andrew Street High School
- Propel Braddock Hills High School
- West Mifflin High School
- Woodland Hills High School
The Success Rate
Research suggests that dual enrollment programs increase the likelihood of students who had not anticipated obtaining a bachelor’s degree, graduating with one.
- Two out of three College Now students continue with the program through their senior year.
- According to a recent survey, 92 percent of College Now students enroll in college after high school.
Feedback from Students
Since 2009, more than 50 students have completed the College Now program at Point Park. Below is a sampling of the feedback received from students who completed the program.
"The College Now program, without a doubt, has led to my success at the university level. Starting freshman year (of college) with previous college experience put me at a tremendous advantage immediately. … I plan on graduating early."
“Participation in the program gave me an opportunity to progress in my future and gain a head start on my college credits. I saw it as a once in a lifetime chance that I should take advantage of in order to prepare for my freshman year.”
“Being a high school student in the College Now program exposed me to greater responsibilities such as being on my own and not having someone guide me every step of the way.”
“The courses have prepared me for college.”
“The College Now program lessens the burden of paying more tuition.”
Point Park welcomes inquiries from school districts interested in participating in the College Now program. For more information about the College Now program, contact:
Graduate Student Assistant
Read an article from The Point about the College Now program (see page 16): "College Now Brings High School Students into Point Park Classrooms"
Check out a student-produced video on the College Now program.