Get a Head Start on College!

Manchester University offers opportunities for high school students to earn real college credits through the Manchester Early College Experience.

Manchester Early College Experience is a different experience than your typical dual degree or college credit courses offered in many high schools. Students will attend classes on MU's North Manchester campus or online alongside current students taught by Manchester faculty. Students have access to University facilities and services, Funderburg Library, the Success Center, success advising, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of Admissions.

As a part of this program, students will have a reduced tuition cost, providing the opportunity for students to earn college credits before high school graduation. In addition, meeting and working with other students and University professors will allow students to get a sample of actual college life on our North Manchester campus!

Career Pathways

Career readiness is as much about knowing the path before you as it is about knowing yourself. While some are ready to choose a career, others are excited to get a leg up on their general education coursework. MECE offers both of these options including career pathways in: communications, criminology, education, exercise science, nursing and psychology.

communication pathway

Communication studies opens the doors to multiple opportunities including majors in: digital media arts, public relations and health, sport and professional communication. Learn more about MU's Communications Program

criminology pathway

MU offers both a major and a minor in criminology. During the fall session, high school students are given the opportunity to participate early, earning credits now that can be applied toward the major later when they are a full time student. Learn more about MU's Criminology Program

education pathway

Students entering the education pathway are getting an early start toward their career in teaching. Begin 3 courses with two hosted in the fall session and then finish in the spring. Learn more now about the Education Program. 

exercise science pathway

Exercise science is the direct path to working in industries such as: occupational therapy, athletic training, and physical therapy. Many of our students even go on to earn a masters or doctorate in their respective fields within this discipline. Learn more now about the Exercise Science Program.

nursing pathway

Nurses are in high demand, so much so that MU grads are receiving offers of employment well before graduation. Learn more about MU's Nursing Program or read about the NCLEX pass rate through MU.

psychology pathway

In this career pathway, you can ultimately earn a major or minor in: psychology, cognitive neuroscience, industrial organizational-psychology or even psychology and religious culture. Learn more now about the Psychology Program.

Course Offerings

High school students can take advantage of courses available throughout the summer and fall sessions, with two sessions in the summer and a third in the fall. Click on one of the areas below to expand and view courses. For a complete list of available summer courses, please see the course catalog.


ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE: $85/credit hour
ONLINE EXPERIENCE: $50/credit hour
MEAL PLANS: See Details

Application Requirements

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (9.0 on a 12.0 scale) or higher to apply to the Manchester Early College Experience.
  • Students may enroll in up to two Manchester Early College Experience courses per semester. 100-200 level courses only.
  • Course credits earned are transferrable and will apply toward their degree if students choose to attend MU in the future.

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