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Catholic Programs for College Credit

Resources for High School & College Prep

Discerning a Catholic and Catholic-friendly College via

on-campus experiences

Programs for College Credit
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Ave Maria University - FREE Online Classes

Introducing The Pursuit of Wisdom, a series of short courses presented by the faculty of Ave Maria University. Each professor will provide practical wisdom and insights around important topics and themes to help you lead a more inspired, meaningful, and joyful life.

Franciscan University-Dual Enrollment ONLINE & ON CAMPUS
Fast Track, the dual-enrollment program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, offers homeschool students and their families an affordable and accessible Catholic higher education. Beginning in your junior year of high school you can start earning up to 36 college credit hours.

By taking full advantage of Franciscan Fast Track you can finish your bachelor’s degree 12 months earlier than a traditional, four-year degree path — a savings of up to $30,000 in tuition.

While all high school students from the Fast Track program are welcome to finish their undergraduate studies at Franciscan in Ohio, it isn’t mandatory. Fast Track provides the intellectual development and solid personal Catholic formation that will serve you well wherever your educational path leads you.

Holy Apostles College - Dual-Enrollment ONLINE

The Take Credit! Program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary is your first step in your college career! This dual-enrollment honors program is available to current high school and homeschool juniors and seniors, providing the opportunity to earn college credit before high school graduation.

The 100% online learning environment at Holy Apostles is both flexible and affordable. With no “live” login sessions required, you may complete the materials on your own time in the week-by-week format.

Thales College - Dual Enrollment ON CAMPUS

High school juniors and seniors: Join us for our unique dual enrollment program, offering selected courses at Thales College.

Thales College Dual Enrollment students will experience a unique opportunity to learn challenging concepts in a college setting. These courses will better prepare students for the rigors of college, strengthen their college resumes, and provide them a sample of what to expect as a full-time Thales College student should they decide to enroll at the College following high school graduation.

Wyoming Catholic College Distance Learning

Through the Center for Distance Learning, Wyoming Catholic College provides adult learners worldwide with broad understanding of the rich heritage of Western Civilization in the context of Catholic faith and practice. 

Offered free of charge, available courses currently include those on Dante, Austen, Religious Liberty in America, and more.

Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum

The Collegium provides an excellent video and guide specifically for homeschoolers' preparation for college. I couldn't say it any better myself!

CHC-High School of Your Dreams

High School Guide and Planning program from Catholic Heritage Curricula. Includes information on courses, testing, and parent support. You work with your student to identify his/her ultimate goals after High School to plan their Course of Study.

The Classic Learning Test

Classic Learning Test (CLT) exists to reconnect knowledge and virtue by providing meaningful assessments and connections to seekers of truth, goodness, and beauty.

CLT offers the only standardized tests that are 100% online, emphasize intellectual aptitude and achievement, and are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Our exams are open to every student, regardless of educational background. The ‘classic’ in Classic Learning Test refers to our use of the greatest and most enduring texts that have informed and shaped society.

The Cardinal Newman Society

The premier Catholic organization promoting and defending faithful Catholic education in our schools and colleges. Resources include:

The Newman Guide to Recommended Catholic Colleges is the only source you need when researching the best, true, faithful Catholic colleges for your student.

Summer Programs
Catholic & Catholic-Friendly College Summer Programs

Ave Maria University

2024 Summer Leadership Program

June 22-28, 2024

$50 deposit after acceptance, plus

$450 program fee

Rising Juniors & Seniors

During your time at Called Higher, you’ll experience the life of an AMU student firsthand: a liberal arts education rooted in the Truth, enhanced by frequent access to the sacraments, and encouraged by an authentic Catholic community.

Belmont Abbey College

Schola Program:  Justice and Mercy

July 14-24, 2024    --    $650

Rising Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

Schola is a week-long summer program for high school students to read classic works of philosophy and literature, engage in group discussions with Honors College faculty, and experience the local culture and recreation of the beautiful Charlotte, NC region.

Benedictine College

BCYC - Earlybird Cost: $525

June 16-21, 2024

July 7-12, 2024

BCYC Immersion is a Catholic summer academic camp for high school students hosted by Benedictine College, combining a pre-college program and a Catholic youth camp. Each participant chooses an area of interest which they pursue in classes throughout the week.

Christendom College

Best Week Ever  --  $600

5 one-week sessions June 9 - July 20, 2024

Rising High School Seniors

Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes (Philosophy, English, History, and Theology), then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include canoeing on the Shenandoah River, a hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, singing/talking over a bonfire, participating in a talent show, and attending a debate and an Irish barn dance. These engaging and wide-ranging activities show the participants that you can still have good old-fashioned fun in a moral and Catholic environment!

Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum

The Collegium Summer Week

July 14-19, 2024   $550

Applications are reviewed for approval

If you want to know what being a Collegium student would be like - the campus, the courses, the food, the spiritual life, the activities - this is the experience for you. ​ Our space allows to bring in 25 students on a first-come, first-served basis. So don't delay to register. ​ Each day is a combination of prayer (traditional Mass and/or Vespers), classes, great food, meeting new friends, and recreational and social activities.

Hillsdale College

High School Summer Programs and Travel Programs (for college credit)

The Land & Literature of England

                          June 16-29, 2024   $4,695

Winston Churchill & WWII

                  June 26 - July 8, 2024   $4,695

Western Civilization: Visions From Italy

                              July 6 - 18, 2024    $4,695

The Roots and History of American Liberty

                               July 16 - 27, 2024 $2,695

High School Summer Study and Travel Programs offer rising high school juniors and seniors age 15 or older the opportunity to earn three college credits from Hillsdale College while traveling to cultural and historic destinations domestic and abroad. Travel courses begin with study on the Hillsdale campus, after which study continues on site. Thanks to the support of generous donors, scholarships are available to outstanding applicants. Early application is encouraged, with scholarships being awarded as funds are available.

John Paul the Great University

University Days - FREE

April 6, 2024

University Day is a Saturday event that JPCatholic hosts several times a year. Each event offers an exciting lineup of presentations from the faculty, a campus tour, and a variety of breakout sessions to give you insight into academics, student life, and financial aid. The event is open to undergraduate prospective students and their families. Students are also invited to arrive early on Thursday or Friday to experience classes and meet with admissions. University Day is free of charge. Pre-registration is required, and please note that registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Thales College

Summer Institute

June 24-28, 2024

$395 before April 15

$450 after April 15

This year, we are expanding our program and offering the choice of three separate tracks! Participants of our 4th annual Summer Institute will enjoy a full week immersion alongside Thales College undergraduate students in a fun, fast-paced, and interactive seminar course. For those interested in college credit, all tracks include 2-credit hours applicable to future enrollment at Thales College (transfer credit to other institutions is not guaranteed).

Thomas Aquinas College

High School Great Books Programs

    New England:  July 7 - 20, 2024  $975

    California:  June 20-30, 2024       $975

                         July 14 - 27, 2024      $600

Rising Juniors & Seniors

At Thomas Aquinas College’s Summer Great Books Program, you will be challenged to wonder... think about and discuss the big questions — questions that philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, poets, and saints have asked throughout history — and hunger for the answers: “What is man?” “Can we come to know anything with certainty?” “Does God exist?” It is your turn to wonder about these fundamental questions and step closer to knowing their answers! The Summer Great Books Program will help you to start down the path toward wisdom.

Thomas More College

Great Books Summer Programs

Great Books I:    June 23 - July 6, 2024

Great Books II:  July 14 - 27, 2024

Preference to Rising Juniors & Seniors

$275 each session / Deadline:  03/31/2-24

NEW THIS YEAR: Rome Summer Program for Rising Seniors!   click to read more...

Our Summer Programs offer high school students a glimpse of collegiate life here at Thomas More. Many participants are inspired to return as full-time students, but no matter where one is headed in life, a Thomas More Summer Program will provide a memorable summer and introduce the tools necessary to take on all of life’s challenges.

Wyoming Catholic College

PEAK 2024 Summer Programs

June 9 -22, 2024

June 24 - July 9, 2024

$1,195 each session

$300 Early-Bird Discount, apply by 3/1/24

Rising Juniors & Seniors

The PEAK summer programs introduce high school juniors and seniors to a community of learners and explorers. Students will spend some hours each day studying the Great Books, some hours in outdoor recreation unique to our college, and some time resting in prayer and the sacraments. Outdoor activities include horseback riding, rock-climbing, rappelling, and a 4-day backpacking trip. All ability levels are welcome!

University of Navarra

Find Your Way: Walk the Camino

June 10 - 28, 2024

Rising Juniors & Seniors

Cost: various

This is a summer academic and cultural program for high school students (born in 2007 & 2008) hosted by the University of Navarra’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Pamplona (Spain). Combining liberal arts classes, Spanish lessons and walking the first 6 stages of the Camino (starting in Roncesvalles, passing through Pamplona, and finishing in Logroño, capital of La Rioja), this experience will expand both your intellectual and cultural horizons.

The Paideia Institute

For High School Students of all grade levels.

Pre-requisites apply, please visit website.

Living Latin in Rome High School

                                June 30 - July 14, 2024

Living Greek in Greece High School

                                 July 14 - July 28, 2024   

Paideia's Living Latin and Living Greek High School travel programs provide immersive experiences into the languages and history of Ancient Rome and Greece, specifically designed for high school students. Applications are open now!

The Ronald Reagan Library & Museum

Student Leadership Programs,

      In-Person and Virtual

Registration opens January 2024.

Middle and High School Students

Join us this Summer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for our distinctive Student Leadership Program (SLP)! SLP is a hands-on learning experience to develop fundamental leadership skills in fun and rewarding ways while forming meaningful friendships. We inspire thousands of students to expand their leadership abilities through the tenets of communication, informed decision making and service before self. Activities are student-driven and include games, immersive and historical simulations, lessons on civil discourse, tours of the museum, service learning and the creation of a leadership action plan. Our programs are designed for both middle school (7-8) and high school (9-12) students. The virtual leadership program is available only to high school students.

Discover and Discern

The Discernment Process

Helping our children discern their calling and vocation in life must begin with this basic premise, first and foremost:  We, parents, have been called by Our Lord to raise new saints for Heaven.

Whether our children ultimately decide they have a call to religious life, pursuing a college education, immediately entering the workforce, marrying and raising a family, or taking some time to continue figuring their path in life, we must be there for them - praying, guiding, exposing them to new things.

I completely agree with what Patrick Reily, founder and president of The Newman Society and Recommended Guide to Catholic Colleges says: An eighteen-year-old may technically be an adult, but to sum-up what a well-known expert in this area has said, these are "new adults" and shouldn't be expected to navigate the overwhelming barrage of anti-Catholic, anti-Christian sentiment and activity they would likely endure at a secular college.

Why wouldn't we want them to continue our children's formation in a good, faithful, Catholic college atmosphere, reading original texts, steeping themselves in all the splendor that our Faith and religious traditions offer, while further discerning their path in life and coming into their own as full-fledged adults?

As Catholic home educators, discerning college must begin with first educating ourselves as to the best, truly Catholic colleges available, and then educating and guiding our children to prayerfully choose one of those colleges for themselves -- and this begins with The Newman Guide to Recommended Catholic Colleges. Equally as important as seeing which colleges are on the list, is seeing which are not and that should lead you to asking, "why not?"

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