Online Pre-College Courses

High school juniors and seniors can get a head start on college with online pre-college courses from Taylor University!

Things to Know:

  • Be 16 to 19 years old; age is the only admission criteria.
  • Enroll in a course any time (literally – any time!).
  • Begin the course within 2 business days of enrolling.
  • Complete within 4 months at your own pace.
  • Access your course in Blackboard, our online learning platform.
  • Receive one-on-one attention from a credentialed professor.

Enrolling is Easy!

  1. Click enroll now.
  2. Create a TU account (for Student Type, select Taylor Online Guest).
  3. Click on the Online Application link, which you will receive via email.
  4. Complete the Taylor Online application by filling in your contact information and course selection.
  5. Click on the e-store link, which you will receive via email, and enter payment information.
  6. Use HSrate18-19 (or a code from an advertisement) in the Promotional Code box on the payment page.
  7. Receive Blackboard login instructions via email within 2 business days.
  8. Order your textbooks.

Tuition for high school students is $200/hr (normally $400/hr). 24 credit hours may be taken at this discounted rate. The discount does not apply to professional writing courses taken in conjunction with the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild. Taylor is fully accredited. That means all of our courses are transferable to any other institution.

Structure & Time Commitment

The structure of our online courses is very flexible and requires a student to be self-motivated and disciplined in order to succeed. These are college courses, and are not modified in any way for high school students.

The courses are offered in an independent study format, which means there is only one student in the class. He/she completes assignments at his/her pace while working one-on-one with the professor. There are no assignment due dates enforced by the professor. The coursework is due four months from registration, but can be completed early.

The standard formula to determine the time investment for a class is to multiply the number of credit hours by 3, and that total by 15 (which represents a traditional 15 week semester). For example, a 3 credit hour course will require about 135 hours of work total – 9 hours a week over 15 weeks. Another recommendation for success is to establish your own assignment due dates throughout the 4-month timeframe.

Choosing a Course

Our suggestions:

  • Browse the course catalog.
  • Take a 100 or 200 level course (versus 300 or 400), which indicate academic rigor.
  • Keep your long-term plan in mind. Future TU students, see what our registrar recommends for you!
  • Stick to general education classes such as history, literature, and communication.
  • Talk to our High School Advisor, Noelle Brennan, at 765-998-4131 or


See what other high school students are saying about our online courses!

History of the United States to 1877 (HIS124)

    • I really enjoyed this class and I feel enriched by my experience. – Jessie

    • The professor gave good feedback that was very helpful. He was funny too, in his responses. He was very ‘to the point’ and clear. My parents really liked his challenging me and what they saw me accomplish because of this professor. – Kathryn

    • Dr. Baker’s comments were well put and adequate. Never did I feel overwhelmed with criticism, but Dr. Baker’s comments were well put and edifying. He was quick and efficient in responding. I would highly recommend this course. – Micah

  • My knowledge base has grown exponentially because of the course, and I have been able to take a glimpse into Taylor academics. The instructor was nice and the environment was comforting and encouraged a positive learning experience. – Ian

Introduction to Psychology (PSY100)

    • Without exact deadlines, it was a bit hard to keep motivated, but this course helped prepare me for experiences I will probably have next year in college. – Laura

  • I loved how Dr. Maloney incorporated the Christian worldview with a secular textbook. This highly enforced Taylor’s view of faith and learning. The assignment questions were poignant and informative. Restating facts alone would not fully answer each question, and I enjoyed having to think through problems. I feel like this method teaches me the most about a subject. Overall, I found this course enriching and thought provoking. – Micah

Accounting Principles I (ACC241)

  • Online study is for people who are disciplined in accomplishing their goals. It is also very convenient and the person can work at his own pace. I love it, this is really for me. My instructor was very understanding and helpful, which helped ease my worries cause this is my first time to study online. My experience studying online was very meaningful and I learned a lot of new things. – Rica Colene

American Literature (ENG240)

  • As a result of this course, I’ve learned to think more critically, and analyze pieces of literature much more creatively than I had ever before. Mrs. Fagan was extremely helpful and prompt in both grading my assignments and answering questions regarding the assignments, which I am so thankful for! I knew I wouldn’t have to wait around for any answers, which helped this course go smoothly and efficiently. Thank you so much! – Kimberly