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Online Pre-College Classes

Things to Know:

  • Be 16 to 19 years old; age is the only admission criteria (no testing).
  • Enroll in a class any day of the year.
  • Gain access to the class within 2 business days of enrolling.
  • Have 1 week to determine if the class is a good fit before any penalty—financial or academic.
  • Complete within 4 months at your own pace.
  • Taylor is fully accredited. That means all of our courses are transferable to any other institution.

Tuition for high school students is $200 per credit hour (normal undergraduate rate is $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. 

Enrolling is Easy!

  1. Find a class you want to take. 

  2. Click enroll now.

  3. Complete the enrollment form for an online individual course.

  4. Pay for your course. A link will be sent to you via email after completing the enrollment form.

  5. Login to Brightspace using instructions sent after payment is completed.

  6. Order your textbooks (listed in course catalog section of the website). 

Selecting a Class

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.
Noelle Brennan

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  • BA, Business, Wheaton College
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Structure & Time Commitment

The structure of our online classes 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 classes are offered in an independent study format, which means there is only one student in the class. Students complete assignments at their own 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.

Class Recommendations

See what other high school students are saying about Taylor’s online classes!

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