College credit in high school

College Credit Plus

Bluffton University provides an opportunity for Bluffton High School students to enroll in university courses for high school and/or college credit. At this time, we do not have articulation agreements with other high schools. The intent of the program is to enrich the learning of high school students; not to replace courses offered at the high school level.

As a student in Bluffton’s CCP program, you will have full access to the many resources that Bluffton has to offer, such as Musselman Library and the Technology Center

While participating in Bluffton’s CCP program, you will study and learn with college students, learn from highly respected Bluffton professors and form friendships with your classmates and professors.

Steps to apply for CCP
  • Submit an online application 
  • Send your transcript (see your guidance counselor). ACT/SAT test scores are optional for admission to the CCP program, but may be required for entrance into certain courses.
  • Print, sign and mail the Permission Slip for Mature Content
    The subject matter of a course enrolled in under the college credit plus program may include mature subject matter or materials, including those of a graphic, explicit, violent or sexual nature, that will not be modified based upon college credit plus enrollee participation regardless of where course instruction occurs. 
CCP PROgram guidelines 
  • Program application: The deadline for new applications is May 1 for fall semester and Dec. 1 for spring semester No exceptions. Note: Students who met the May 1 deadline DO NOT need to re-apply. The December deadline is for students who missed the May deadline and wish to take courses in spring semester.
  • Students who have previously taken CCP courses through Bluffton University DO NOT need to re-apply each year. By listing Bluffton on their letter of intent (due to the high school by April 1) and sending an updated transcript, their participation is confirmed.
  • Students must meet both the Bluffton University admission standards as well as the college readiness standards as defined by the state of Ohio. Please see your guidance counselor for more detail.
  • Course registration: CCP course registration will be mid-August for fall semester and mid-December for spring semester.
  • Admission to the CCP program does not guarantee that a student will be able to enroll in any given course since the university has a primary obligation to first serve the needs of the university’s degree-seeking students.
  • Unless previously approved by the course instructor and the registrar, no more than 15 percent of the students in any course section shall be CCP students.
  • Students are responsible for consulting with their high school guidance counselor to determine if and how courses completed through CCP will be granted as credit toward high school graduation requirements.
  • All admitted students must attend a CCP orientation session prior to course registration.
  • Students in CCP will be limited to 30 college credit hours per academic year. Students can earn a maximum of 120 college credit hours while in the program.
  • The high school guidance counselor will monitor the total number of credit hours a student takes.
  • Registration will be based on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by the date of application submission.
  • The registrar’s office will annually compile a list of courses for which accepted CCP students will be allowed to register, based on space availability. Course selection will be limited each semester.
  • CCP students must return textbooks and any software on the last day of exams for each semester. Grades will not be released until textbooks and software are returned. (This does not apply to students continuing in classes that require the same textbook the next semester.)
  • Failure to pass, complete or properly drop a course for reasons other than those accepted by the student’s school district may result in any or all financial obligation for the course defaulting to the student or the student’s parent.
  • If you enroll at Bluffton University after high school graduation, the credit earned will be applied toward graduation requirements.


Credit for Advanced placement courses

High school students may earn college credit and may be excused from certain college requirements by satisfactorily passing advanced placement examinations after taking AP classes.

Discover which courses/exams could result in credit/course waver.

Please contact an admissions counselor or your guidance counselor with questions.