1818 Advanced College Credit Program
Bretton M. DeLaria
Founded in 1959, Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program is the oldest dual-credit program west of the Mississippi and has a long-standing history of providing outstanding high school students the opportunity to get a head start on college by earning college credit from Saint Louis University.
Per the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP) definition of dual credit, which states:
“Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers. It is a low-cost, scalable model for bringing accelerated courses to students in urban, suburban, and rural high schools. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transcripted college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.”
Accreditation and Compliance
Saint Louis University's 1818 Advanced College Credit Program is a founding and fully accredited institution of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), fully accredited under the High Learning Commission (HLC), and complies with the appropriate laws and statutes set forth by state legislatures in the areas that it operates.
Advanced courses are taught by approved high school adjunct instructors and include the following disciplines:
- Art History
- College Algebra
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Science
- Information Technology
- International Business
- Political Science
- Public Speaking
- Studio Art
- Women's and Gender Studies
All students enrolled in an 1818 ACC dual credit course, regardless of their choice to register for college credit or take it for high school credit only, at any partnering high school should expect the course rigor, content, assessment, and student expectations to be identical in comparison to the rigor and expectations placed on university undergraduate students enrolled in the same course on the Saint Louis University campus.
Teachers in the high schools who teach 1818 Advanced College Credit courses are thoroughly screened by the department/discipline to ensure they adhere to meeting the requirements set forth by respective states and High Learning Commission for approval and adhere to the university’s own requirement to be approved as an adjunct instructor.
Students who successfully meet the course requirements will earn two to four credits per course of graded, transcripted credit at Saint Louis University.
Saint Louis University dual credit is transferable to over 400 colleges or universities nationwide.