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College Credit in High School

Through MSU Denver’s College Credit in High School Program, high school students can earn college credit while still in high school. Students are able to get a jump start on college, saving families money and student's time.

  • Through Dual Enrollment, students can take college-level credits while in high school, either at MSU Denver or at their high school.
  • ASCENT is a fifth-year program where students can take classes at MSU Denver tuition-free.

Students save an average of $1,200 per class compared to traditional MSU Denver tuition and fees, and students can take 3-15 credit hours per semester. 

The classes are taught by approved high school teachers or MSU Denver faculty. The program is open to any qualified student and school district in Colorado.

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College Credit in High School Pathways

MSU Denver offers clear pathways to college credits and careers in two categories: Professions and Liberal Arts. These degree pathways are designed to increase opportunities for 9th-12th graders across Colorado. Through the pathways, students gain deeper exposure to college degree programs, are able to follow their passions, and better understand how college courses fit into degrees at MSU Denver.

To learn more, choose the pathway you are interested in:


We’re proud to bring college credit classes to many school districts across the state, including:

  • 27J SChools
  • Colorado Prepatroy Academy
  • Mesa County Valley School District
  • Adams12 Five Star Schools
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Pinnacle Charter School
  • Adams14 School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Roaring Fork Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Douglas County School District
  • St. Vrain Valley School District
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Englewood Schools
  • Summit School District
  • Cherry Creek School District No. 5
  • Estes Park School District R-3
  • Thompson School District
  • Colorado Connections Academy
  • GOAL Academy
  • Two Roads Charter School
  • Colorado Early Colleges Aurora
  • Greeley-Evans School District
  • Weld RE-4 School District
  • Colorado Early Colleges Ft. Collins
  • JeffCo Public Schools
  • Westminster Public Schools
  • Colorado Early Colleges Parker
  • Jefferson Academy Secondary School
  • Woodland Park School District
  • Colorado High School Charter
  • Littleton Public Schools


Please contact our College Credit in High School Program team by calling 303-615-1234 or emailing  

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