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For applicants and their families

I’ve met the application deadlines, my recommendation letters are in, my APU interview is done. How long before I hear whether I’ve been accepted to the Early Honors program?

We work hard to respond to every applicant within two weeks or less of his or her interview. We value the effort you’ve put into your Early Honors application. You may check on your status anytime by emailing admissions@alaskapacific.edu or calling us at 1.800.252.7528.

How will I know if I’m ready for Early Honors? I have good grades and I want to go to college. But I’m not sure about spending senior year away from my high school friends.

Self-aware students like you who anticipate an adjustment usually do well in Early Honors. You sound like a prospective student to us!

You’re right: As a full-time APU student, you’ll be completing your high school courses here and not at your high school. One of the first decisions you and your family will make as you consider Early Honors at APU is what you want out of your senior year. Students who are within a couple of classes of completing their high school requirements and eager for new horizons – socially as well as academically – tend to be a good fit.

Are Early Honors scholarships available? How can I learn if I qualify?

Yes.

APU-funded scholarships for Early Honors students are available based on financial need. Be sure to fill out the financial aid section that’s part of your Early Honors application. Once you’re fully admitted as an Early Honors student, watch for notifications about scholarships that you may qualify for.

I’m ready for a new challenge like Early Honors. But I want to continue playing sports at my high school. Can I do both?

Yes, you can.

APU’s flexible scheduling makes it easy for Early Honors students to stay connected to their senior class.

In fact, you’ll find that many Early Honors students organize their APU school day to accommodate high-school based events and interests like clubs, student government, arts and sports – activities that make your senior year memorable.

When you say I’ll be dual enrolled at my high school and Alaska Pacific University, what does that mean exactly?

Early Honors admits high school seniors – and juniors, too, sometimes – so that you may complete two programs at the same time: While your APU courses fulfill credits to complete your high school diploma, you’ll also earn credits to satisfy a first year of college.

You’ll be enrolled in two places at once: your high school as usual and at APU as a full-time student. You’re held to the same expectations as other APU students and you have full privileges, including use of the Moseley Sports Center and its saltwater pool; the APU climbing wall; the APU-UAA consortium library; free, unlimited PeopleMover bus pass; and admission to APU student government, clubs and travel.

Will my APU credits earned as an Early Honors student transfer another university?

Yes. Because APU is an accredited university, credits you earn with us will transfer to other accredited universities. In fact, we’ll help you plan ahead by consulting the registrar at your next college. You’ll know exactly how your APU credits will transfer.

Keep in mind that some schools may take all your APU credits without counting them toward required courses; other schools may restrict transfer credits if the courses also fulfilled high school degree requirements. Still other schools may ask for syllabi from your APU courses to document topics covered.

My high school guidance counselor is encouraging me to apply Early Honors, but I’m wondering: Will I be able to continue meeting with my guidance counselor as an Early Honors student? Or will I have a new academic adviser at APU? Do I have to choose between them?

Yes, yes and no.

As a dual-enrolled student, you retain your high school status and the chance to continue working with your guidance counselor throughout your Early Honors year. We encourage you to maintain this connection, especially if you’re like most EH students who’ve come to know and trust their counselors.

Early Honors students also see their APU academic adviser regularly. You’re welcome to drop by without an appointment to check in or just chat about school and life. And no, you need not choose between your high school guidance counselor and your APU academic adviser. Early Honors advisers work closely with high schools; we value their efforts to help you succeed.

Is the Early Honors travel course a requirement?

No. But if you need a literature class to satisfy high school graduation requirements, the Early Honors travel course is a great way to see the world while earning academic credit.

Billed separately from your Early Honors tuition, the travel course is just one among APU courses offered during the January block period. Look for classes in mythology, mass communications, screenwriting and winter ecology, among others, to round out your Early Honors program.

To decide what’s best for you, talk things over with family, your high school guidance counselor and your Early Honors academic adviser.

It’s funny – I planned to enroll in APU as a college freshman, not as a high school senior! Do students ever stay on at APU to earn college degrees once they’ve completed Early Honors?

Yes.

Your Early Honors credits give you a head start toward a bachelor’s degree at APU at a locked-in tuition rate, making Alaska Pacific University one the best buys in higher education among private universities nationwide.

While it’s not a recruiting program, Early Honors introduces students to APU’s intentionally small class sizes and rigorous academics – attributes that attract several Early Honors graduates every year. APU’s emphasis on applied learning can be a good fit when you’re looking for hands-on, Alaska-based education that suits real-world demands.

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