What is College Credit Plus?

Students who are enrolled in high school and who are eligible can take a college-level course and earn high school and college credit at the same time. These credits will appear on both a student’s high school and college transcripts.

Hiram College offers flexible plans for Ohio high school students who wish to earn college credit. Through College Credit Plus, college-bound students will have the flexibility to enroll in single courses, a 15-credit hour plan per year, or a 30-credit hour plan per year at Hiram College. Our curricular breadth allows us to meet the individual needs and interests of students.

Why College Credit Plus?

  • Courses are at no cost to the student and can possibly be taken for credit at both the student's high school and college.
  • Decreased cost of college degrees, given transferability of credit.
  • Does not require a high pressure Advanced Placement (AP) exam.

Please more information please view Hiram College's College Credit Plus Frequently Asked Questions.

Why Hiram?

Hiram College is a unique place to learn. Nestled in beautiful Hiram, Ohio, our small, close‐knit community ensures students always come first. Our innovative liberal arts curriculum prepares students for a changing world, offering opportunities to forge a new path with individualized majors, study abroad, intense research projects and internships. The life skills acquired – the ability to reason, communicate and write – are balanced with real world experiences that prepare students not just for their first job, but every job after that.  

Students can expect one-on-one attention from our faculty. Faculty will work with each high school student to create a personalized schedule that fits his or her academic interests and goals. 

We make our on-campus resources available to high school students, opening doors for collaboration and shared academic resources. 

We understand the unique extracurricular needs of high school students, and we are committed to offering courses on our campus in subject areas and at times that will mesh with a high school student’s interests and schedule. 

Is College Credit Plus Right for Me?

College Credit Plus at Hiram College is a rewarding choice for high school students who feel ready to explore college-level work. The program allows college-bound students the opportunity to earn both high school credit and college credit. Students get a head start on earning college credits at Hiram College. 

Students are encouraged to meet with their high school guidance counselors, teachers and families to discuss the demands of college coursework. It is important to consider for example, the accelerated pace of learning, the need for greater independence in learning outside the class, travel to and from campus, group and lab assignments, extracurricular activities and obligations at the student’s high school. 

Are you interested in completing your college degree in three years or less?  Hiram also offers 13 majors that can be completed in an accelerated format.  Please review this handout for more information.

The Application Process for High School Students Taking Courses on Hiram College’s Campus

To be considered for participation, students are asked to: 

  • Fill out Hiram College’s College Credit Plus Application. We accept both hard copy and on-line applications, although on-line applications are preferred.
  • Submit an official high school transcript.
  • Submit results from either the ACT or SAT.
  • Submit a recommendation from a high school guidance counselor and/or teacher supporting student for enrollment.
  • Meet college course pre-requisites. 

Application and credential review is holistic and there is no single set of fixed criteria that solely determines admissibility to Hiram College. Each admission application and its supporting credentials are carefully read and given individual consideration. Hiram College reserves the right to make the final determination of a student’s admissibility to the College. 

All application materials should be addressed to: 

College Credit Plus

Attention: Brittany Jackson, Assistant Director

Strategic Academic Initiatives

Hiram College

P.O. Box 67

Hiram, OH 44234 

Notification of Acceptance

Once a high school student has been admitted and is eligible to enroll in courses at Hiram College, the Admission Office will notify the student and high school in writing. A written letter will also be mailed to students who are denied admission into the program. 

Upon admission to Hiram's College Credit Plus (on-campus) program, students should contact Hiram College’s Admission Office to schedule a visit to campus (1.800.362.5280 or https://hiram.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-a-visit/. Please be sure to put in the Special Accommodations section on this form that you are interested in College Credit Plus or tell the Admission Office when you schedule your visit). On this visit, the student will participate in an information session with a counselor, an advising session, and take a campus tour.

Completed Application Deadlines

April 15 for Summer Session 2016

May 15 for Fall Semester 2016

October 15 for Spring Semester 2017


Each Hiram College College Credit Plus student is required to go through an orientation session.  The orientation for Fall 2016 will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Course Placement Process

Admitted students can take classes to fulfill general education classes and begin to explore a variety of discipline-specific areas that build toward a bachelor’s degree.  

Each student accepted into College Credit Plus at Hiram College will be assigned a faculty advisor.  Hiram College will schedule an individual advising appointment for students to meet with their advisor to discuss course options and answer any questions. Course placement will be determined based upon need for courses that fulfill both high school and college credit, high school record, recommendation of high school guidance counselors, ACT and/or SAT scores and course availability. In some cases, placement testing may be required (e.g. Mathematics and/or Foreign Languages). 

High school students may enroll at Hiram College in single courses, or enroll as a part-time student (15 credit hours per year), or as a full-time student (30 credit hours per year). Courses can be taken at Hiram College, online (as available) or at participating high schools. Students must work with high school guidance departments regarding fulfillment of high school credit requirements necessary for high school graduation in the State of Ohio. 

To see examples of course options for 15-hour per year or 30-hour per year pathways and some discipline-based course options, please refer to our College Credit Plus Curriculum Guide. 


SPRING CLASSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW! **Please note:  class times are subject to change (please confirm class times by viewing the course in the course catalog).  To view our entire course catalog, please visit our Course Catalog online and select the term you are interested in seeing classes for.  Then, choose from the following options under the "Part of Term" section to review classes:  Traditional 12 Week Term, Traditional 3 Week Term, Online 1st 8 Week Term, or Online 2nd 8 Week Term.  Finally, click "Search" and it will return your class options in each area.

Students can explore course options by visiting my.hiram.edu, clicking “Class Schedules,” and choosing the correct term. (Note: Please choose “Traditional 12-week Term” for the option “Part of Term.”) 

Registering for Classes at Hiram College

Once a student is accepted as a College Credit Plus student and has met with his or her Hiram College advisor to discuss course options, he or she will meet with a staff member in the Registrar’s Office to submit their ranked choices for classes. For Fall Semester 2015, College Credit Plus students will be registered no later than 30 calendar days from the start of the academic year.  Students will be enrolled in the order in which they are accepted, if taking courses at Hiram College or online. 

FERPA and a Student’s Education Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to control disclosures of their records. 

When a student enrolls at a post-secondary institution, all rights to access academic records move to the student. Parents, guardians, spouses and significant others have no inherent right to access these records unless the student signs a disclosure form.  

In order to receive high school credit for post-secondary courses, the student must sign a disclosure form to give his or her high school officials access to these academic records. Each student will have the opportunity to sign the Authorization to Disclose Academic Information form when they register for courses at Hiram College. Students may also elect to grant parents and/or guardians access at this time.

Please note: Under FERPA Hiram College cannot issue grades to anyone, including parents/guardians without the student's written consent.  As always, we encourage students to communicate their academic progress with their parents/guardians. For more information regarding FERPA and Hiram College, please refer to our webpage on Student Rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


College Credit Plus students can access their midterm and final grades through their secure Web4Student account. Midterm and final grades are viewable as soon as they are posted by faculty.  However, official grades are not available until after end-of-the-term processing, usually within one week of finals for each term. 

The Registrar’s Office will have College Credit Plus students complete a Request to Mail Grades form at the time of their registration to ensure that their home high school receives a copy of their final grades at the end of each term of enrollment. Hiram College is required to send end of term grades to a College Credit Plus student’s high school. Students may also elect to have another grade letter sent to their home. 

Note:  Since Hiram College is a private liberal arts institution we do not participate in the State of Ohio’s Articulation and Transfer Policy. However, Hiram College is a member of TES: Transfer Evaluation System which allows institutions from all over the country to evaluate the courses offered at Hiram to determine equivalencies to their own institution. Each institution must evaluate whether or not a course from another institution will transfer and how it will be applied. We have also signed on to Transferology.com, which the State of Ohio purchased for each institution in the state, both public and private, as a national database of course transfer options. This site allows students to input the courses they have taken and the results provide a match percentage rate to other institutions who have previously evaluated the courses for transfer. Courses that have not yet been evaluated show as “maybes” until the receiving institution determines their equivalencies.

Contact the Strategic Academic Initiatives Office for More Information:

The Strategic Academic Initiatives Office at Hiram College stands ready to explore College Credit Plus at Hiram College with you to see if it is right for you. Please contact one of our office representatives: 

  • Brittany Jackson, Assistant Director
    • 330.569.5380
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  • Sandy Madar, Director
    • 330.569.5261
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