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1818 Advanced College Credit Program

Jumpstart Your College Career in the High School Classroom

Through Saint Louis University’s 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, available at participating institutions across the country, high school students who demonstrate significant academic drive can to get a head start on their college education at an affordable price. 

Also referred to as dual credit, advanced college credit brings college-level coursework to the high school classroom. This credit can be transferred to hundreds of universities nationwide before the student even steps foot on a college campus. Through 1818, college credit is offered at lower rate than traditional university courses. Courses are taught at the student's high school by high school instructors qualified to teach college coursework.

Students who participate in the 1818 Program:

  • Save money: Students who participate in the 1818 Program save an average of $1,300 per college course.
  • Save time: By taking college courses in high school, students have the potential to graduate from college early.
  • Gain opportunities: Taking college classes early means more room in your college schedule for opportunities such as studying abroad or internships.

What sets 1818 courses apart from an AP or IB course?

Unlike AP or IB, there is no formal examination conducted at the end of the course. Upon completion of an 1818 course, the student receives a grade on an official Saint Louis University transcript. The student may send this transcript to the college or university of their choice. 

Who is eligible to participate?

While expectations for program participants are high, the 1818 Program encourages students who wish to challenge themselves academically to participate. While our program is mostly open to just juniors and seniors with a GPA 3.0 or higher, certain exceptions may qualify some of our younger students to participate. 

Is the 1818 Program available at my school?

The 1818 Program is proud to partner with 80 different high schools regionally, nationally and internationally. To see if your school is offering any classes through the 1818 Program this year, check out our 1818 Course Ledger.

Interested in adding 1818 courses at your school? Learn more about our various program benefits and course/instructor addition requirements. 

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By the Numbers

1818 students in 2022-23


1818 tuition per credit hour (courses average 3-4 credit hours)


minimum GPA required for juniors and seniors to participate


reported number of U.S. colleges that accept 1818 credit