Associate Degree – A Concurrent Enrollment Option for
High School Students
An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of approximately 60 credits. Boise State offers an associate degree in arts (AA) and science (AS) which provides an academic foundation for a future major.
A Significant Milestone For Motivated Students
The Associate Degree in arts and science provides students with a broad-based academic study which fulfills many general education requirements and Boise State Disciplinary Lens courses. This is a significant milestone for high school students and should be reserved for especially motivated students looking to invest time and commitment to obtain an associate degree while still in high school.
If you want to earn an Associate Degree and plan to eventually earn a Bachelor’s Degree, it is crucial to understand how your intended college will accept your earned credits. To help guide students through these many options, participants are supported by a Concurrent Enrollment advisor through their time pursuing the AA/AS option.
Who can Participate in the Associate Degree Option?
To participate in Boise State’s Concurrent Enrollment Associate Degree option, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a freshman or sophomore in high school
- Have signed permission from a parent or guardian
- Have a goal to complete a minimum of 60 college credits while in high school
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Be willing to take summer dual credit courses in either the online or face-to-face format
How to Prepare
As a freshman, be sure to prepare yourself for this option throughout the year. Set yourself up for academic success by doing the following:
- Focus on your grades– You must maintain a 3.0 GPA to participate in the associate degree option.
- Take prerequisite classes– Many of the courses you will need to complete to attain an associate degree have prerequisites. Take them ahead of time so you can seamlessly enroll in the necessary dual credit courses during your junior and senior year.
- Take dual credit courses early– If possible, be sure to participate in whichever dual credit courses are available to you. By taking dual credit courses early, you’ll reduce the academic requirements necessary to attain an associate degree.
Associate Degree Option Requirements
Once you decide to participate in the Associate Degree pathway, and meet eligibility criteria, you must complete the following requirements:
- Submit the Associate Degree Pre-Advising questionnaire
- Once approved, meet with a Concurrent Enrollment advisor to outline an academic pathway toward your degree
- Complete an agreement of participation and degree plan. Only students with an advisor-approved degree plan are eligible to take Boise State summer classes at the reduced concurrent enrollment rate of $65 per credit
- Be admitted and actively enrolled in dual credit or on-campus courses throughout their participation in the option
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and remain in good academic standing