Take college classes with the support of your high school.
Concurrent enrollment lets you take Baker College courses at your high school or technical center. You get to:
- Take college classes for free, which means you can pay less to get a college degree.
- Learn at an accredited four-year college.
- Stay on campus at your high school and take classes during the regular school day.
These college classes are taught by specially trained teachers from your high school or technical center. (Sometimes they’re taught by Baker College professors—that’s called “direct credit.”)
How to sign up for concurrent enrollment:
If your school participates in the concurrent enrollment program, then you should:
- Complete the online application. Choose “Undergraduate” on the first screen and “RunningStart” when the option arises.
- Send your high school transcript to [email protected] to confirm that you’re eligible.
- If you are determined eligible by the Baker College RunningStart team, you’ll be informed you’re ready to complete the online Student Welcome Experience class.
Frequently Asked Questions
Baker College’s RunningStart concurrent enrollment program has been granted accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). This is the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, which works to ensure that:
- Concurrent enrollment classes are as rigorous as traditional college classes.
- Teachers get the professional development they need to teach college-level classes.
- Students receive a quality education leading to a seamless transition to college.
- Cadillac High School
- Crossroads Alternative High
- DeTour High School
- Dryden Junior/Senior High School
- Ellsworth Community High School
- Forest Area Middle/High School
- Hanover Horton High School
- Jackson Christian Middle/High School
- Northwest High School
- Pine River High School
- Rudyard High School
- St. Catherine of Siena Academy
- WMCTC (Wexford-Missaukee Career Technical Center)
Both concurrent enrollment and AP classes can move you closer to earning a college degree, but their focus and approach are different.
The emphasis of an AP class is the AP test. To earn college credit, you usually have to score at least 4 out of 5. Different colleges have different requirements.
With concurrent enrollment, on the other hand, the focus is on your learning the subject matter. You’re taking the course and passing that just as if you were in college. College credit is earned by passing the class—not an exam.
Are you a school administrator or counselor?
Concurrent enrollment offers your school and students many advantages. This successful program is:
- Affordable. Concurrent enrollment is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools.
- Academically beneficial. Students gain exposure to the challenges of college learning while in their supportive high school environment and earn transcripted college credit.
- Easy to administrate. Baker College is an experienced partner familiar with high schools’ needs. We’ll set up your college classrooms, support students, and provide you with a robust online portal to facilitate administration.
Check out your other college credit options.
Baker College’s RunningStart program has three other ways you can earn college credit while you’re still in high school. Learn more about:
Earn college credit for free while you’re also taking high school classes.
Graduate high school with an associate degree through this three-year program that starts in the 11th grade.