About the Early College Credit Program
Get a jump-start on your college degree by earning college credit while you're still in high school.
The Early College Credit Program (ECCP) allows 9th through 12th-grade students attending a Wisconsin public or private high school to take college-level courses and receive both college and high school credit. Mount Mary University's Early College Credit Program allows high school students to takes courses on campus or online through the university. Our program is open to both male and female high school students.
We encourage you to contact our Early College Credit Program Coordinator for specific information regarding admission criteria, credit limits, and course offerings.The Early College Credit Program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). Please visit the WDPI website for more details about the program.
How to Apply
Application deadlines are March 1 for the subsequent Fall semester, and October 1 for the subsequent Spring semester. Please allow enough time to complete the following application steps:
- Before beginning the application process, consult your high school guidance counselor or school district representative to make sure this opportunity will work with your existing high school schedule and credit load.
- Complete the WAICU Participation Form. When filling out this form, research course options in Mount Mary University’s course catalog, and consult with the Early College Credit Program Coordinator to ensure the courses you want are offered and available. This form requires signatures from the student's parent/guardian, high school counselor, and a school district representative.
- Complete Mount Mary's online ECCP Special Student Application.
- Submit official high school transcripts to Mount Mary’s Admission Office.
Contact our Early College Credit Program Coordinator with any questions about the application process. Once all the application items have been submitted, the ECCP Coordinator will reach out to you with next steps for enrollment.
Please Note: Continuing ECCP students (those who have completed one or more semester through the program) are required to complete this same application process for every semester they wish to participate.
After You’re Approved for ECCP
If you are approved to participate in the Early College Credit Program, you will receive confirmation from the ECCP Coordinator and instructions on how to completed the following enrollment steps:
- Register online for the course(s) you selected. Remember that your enrollment is contingent on the course needs of our full-time Mount Mary students.
- Attend a short orientation on campus. This orientation will help you get acquainted with the Mount Mary campus and prepare for the first day of classes.
- Buy or rent textbooks. It is your responsibility to purchase or rent your textbooks before class begins. Be sure to save your receipts because some school districts offer reimbursement. Textbooks are available at Mount Mary’s bookstore.
After you complete your ECCP course, you can receive your official transcript through the Mount Mary University Registrar’s Office. For instructions on how to request your transcript, please call: 414-930-3062.
Early College Credit Program Coordinator
Call or text: 414-930-3200
Student Privacy Rights
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Regardless of age, once a student is enrolled at a posts institution, the FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.
As a participant in the Early College Credit Program, students are considered enrolled in a postsecondary institution, and the FERPA rights transfer to them. Because ECCP students are enrolled in both high school and college, the two schools may exchange information about the student. The rights still remain to the parent regarding high school records and the parent may inspect and review records sent by the college to the high school.
If a student wants to complete a FERPA waiver form, they can give their parent rights to access their Mount Mary information. Contact the Early College Credit Program Coordinator for the FERPA waiver form.