Create a Head Start to Get Your College Degree
Earning college credit while you’re still in high school is a great way to jump-start
your college career. It can help make a college education more affordable and help
you earn a college degree faster. The two main ways of earning credit is by testing
out of a particular course or taking approved college-level courses while still in
We encourage you to talk early with your high school guidance counselor or Mount Mary admission counselor about these opportunities, since some programs have deadlines for participation in early fall or even the semester prior.
Youth Options Program: Juniors and seniors at Wisconsin public high schools can earn both high school and college credit through this statewide program.
Advanced Placement (AP) Classes: Enroll in AP coursework at your high school and then take the AP test to earn college credit. Certain test scores are required to earn the college credit. View the AP Credit Transfer chart (.pdf).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credits: IB credits from higher level (HL) courses are accepted at Mount Mary. Standard level (SL) credits are not accepted. View the IB Transfer chart (.pdf).
CLEP Exam Credits: To earn college credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), you can take exams to test your mastery of college-level material. See a list of the CLEP exams accepted at Mount Mary and what scores you need to receive for college credit. A maximum of 20 credits by CLEP examination can be accepted. View the CLEP Transfer chart (.pdf).