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High school students with college credit

If you are enrolled in college classes but have not yet graduated from high school, Lewis & Clark will not consider you a transfer applicant. You will complete the first-year application process. Even though you are not a transfer student, it may be possible for you to receive transfer credit for the college work you are completing if you do not need those courses to meet high school graduation requirements. We have a ‘no double-dipping’ rule that applies to college credit earned prior to high school graduation, which means if you need your college courses to meet high school graduation requirements in any way, we cannot award you credit for that work again at Lewis & Clark. If the college coursework you are completing will be above and beyond what is needed to graduate from high school, then we will be able to consider that work for transfer credit. This rule is applicable in every circumstance, even if you are enrolled in a program through which you will earn an associates or state transfer degree, like Washington state’s Running Start program. Your high school counselor is the best person to help you determine whether or not your college courses are needed for high school graduation.

If you decide to enroll at Lewis & Clark, we will evaluate college coursework taken prior to high school graduation for transfer credit when you provide an official college transcript and a letter from a high school official indicating whether or not the courses in question were needed to meet graduation requirements. Such coursework will be subject to our usual guidelines when being evaluated for transferability. See our transfer credit policy for those guidelines. Transfer applicants who also earned college credit prior to high school graduation will need to provide the same documentation for evaluation of that coursework.

Please note that if you are taking AP or IB courses, they do not fall under this same rule. We will award credit for outstanding scores on AP and IB exams, regardless of whether you need the course to meet high school graduation requirements. For a further explanation of our AP/IB credit policy, please see the Advanced Standing section of our current undergraduate catalog.