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What is the Advance College Project (ACP)


  • York High School has partnered with Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana to offer several of its courses at York High School.

  • The Advance College Project is a Dual Credit program in which students may earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. 

  • Students who choose to take these courses for Indiana University credit are starting their permanent college transcript and a college GPA.

  • The courses are rigorous, as they are the same courses that are taught on the Indiana University campus.

  • ACP courses are taught by York teachers who have been selected and trained by Indiana University as adjunct faculty members.

  • The Advance College Project is an accredited program by the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

  • Indiana University personnel provide on-going support, holding annual seminars, and making annual site visits.

What is the cost of an ACP class?

  • The State of Indiana sets the tuition that Indiana University charges its ACP students.  It is projected to remain at $25 per semester hour for 2017-18 ($75 for a 3 semester hour course). No additional fees are assessed.

  • Tuition is waived for students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.

  • Tuition is billed directly to students by Indiana University and is payable directly to Indiana University after class begins.

  • The cost of college textbooks can be higher than the cost of high school textbooks. For 2017-2018, the texts that York High School is using for its ACP French and ACP Spanish classes are effectively 7% more expensive than comparable high school texts, as the same texts are intended to be used for two years in those classes. 

Who can take ACP classes?

  • ACP classes are open to high school sophomores and older with a 2.70 GPA or higher.

How does ACP differ from AP?



Students complete a college course.

Students complete college level coursework.

Students receive a college transcript with a grade from the course.

Students take an exam in May to determine the possibility of college credit.

Students receive weighted GPA credit

Students receive weighted GPA credit

Individual university determines what credit will be awarded based on transcript

Individual university determines what credit will be awarded based on score on AP exam

Cost:  $25/semester hour

Cost:  $93/exam


How does ACP credit transfer?

  • Students must contact the Registrar’s Office at Indiana University, Bloomington, to request that a transcript be sent to the college or university they will be attending.

  • It is up to the enrolling university to decide how to award the credits.

  • Some courses may earn credits, but not count toward a particular major and/or GPA at the enrolling institution.

  • Tranferology is an online resource providing information regarding credit transfer at higher education institutions. It is best practice for students to communicate with their anticipated enrolling institution regarding ACP credit transfer.

How do students register for an ACP class?

  • Students register with their York teachers during the first week of school.  

  • Indiana provides students with individual student and account information over the summer.  Students need to bring this information with them to class on the first day.  

  • Because these are college classes, students only register for the current semester.  Registering for the wrong class during the wrong semester poses problems.  

  • Students must wait until the first week of class to register with their teacher and should NOT register on their own.

How will a student’s ACP grade impact their college GPA?

Policies regarding the transfer of transcripted grades vary and students should contact their university of choice for specifics.

  • The grades themselves may transfer and impact the student’s institutional GPA.  

  • Grades may simply count toward the student’s overall college GPA, and have no impact on the institutional GPA.

  • The grade may not impact the overall or the institutional GPA.  In these cases, only the course credit transfers.


How much money will students save?

  • Tuitions vary tremendously based on whether a student has chosen a public in state, public out of state, or private college or university.  

  • Regardless of the college or university a student chooses to attend, the savings is significant.

  • As appealing as it is to think quantitatively about the savings, there is also a great deal of qualitative value when realizing success with college level rigor and the college course experience itself.

What things should students consider when deciding if an ACP course is right for them?

  • Long term goals:  85% of highly selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions (Crux, 2007 - unpublished institutional research)

  • Course offerings and potential majors

  • Workload: i.e., how many courses are appropriate

  • College credits and how the university will award them

  • Individual interest in course content and/or taking advantage of an opportunity to get a head start on some of their college coursework