High School Students

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Look at you, dreaming big and planning ahead. We like that. But keep in mind what President Eisenhower said: "Plans are nothing; planning is everything." Whether you're a freshman or a senior, it's a good time to make a plan and then periodically revise it so that you stay on track to achieve your dreams.

You wouldn't be here if you weren't a forward-thinker, but you can't plan if you don't know what's available. That's why you'll find information on everything from scholarships and AP classes to dual credit courses and test-out exams below. And don't forget to make contacting us with your questions a part of your planning too.

Preparing for College

Freshman Year of High School
  • Make sure you are on track to receive a Core 40 or Academic/Technical Honors diploma
  • Get involved with extra curricular activities (sports, clubs, volunteer opportunities)
Sophomore Year of High School
  • Sign up for the PSAT
  • Attend the Concurrent Enrollment Program/Dual Credit Night at PNC
Junior Year of High School
Senior Year of High School
  • Speak with your high school guidance counselor to make sure you are eligible to graduate and that you are graduating with a Core 40 or an Academic/Technical Honors diploma
  • Register for the SAT or ACT
  • Complete admission applications beginning in the fall (October)
  • Narrow down your college choices
  • Schedule a Campus Visit
  • Attend an Open House
  • Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10. Forms are available starting on January 1st for the following academic year
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Once admitted, refer to  Admitted:Next Steps
  • Send in your final transcripts after graduation

Earn College Credit in High School

Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit
This option gives qualified high school students the opportunity to receive credit for high school and college by taking courses that are taught in their high school, during the regular high school day and taught by qualified high school teachers. For more information, visit our Concurrent Enrollment/Dual Credit website.
Advanced Placement and College-Level Examination Program
Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) can also be used to receive college course credit. Please refer to the AP chart and CLEP chart to see the credit evaluation.
Superior High School Student
Each year, Purdue University North Central has the privilege of admitting a number of gifted area high school students to enroll in selected courses not available at the high school level. Students take classes at the Westville campus, Purdue Porter County(PPC) or Portage Learning Center(PLC) sites. To qualify for admission, high school students must have completed a minimum of four semesters of high school and meet two of the following three criteria:
  1. Rank in the upper one third of your high school class
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (on a 4.0 scale)
  3. Have a New SAT combined score of 1500 or an ACT combined score of 21
Print out and send in the Superior High School Student Application (PDF). If you think you qualify, or would like to inquire about the program, we invite you to call the Admissions Office.
Purdue North Central Placement Tests
A student can earn college credit by testing out of courses by exam. Students can take test-out exams in foreign language and computer literacy. Students who have taken two or more years of a foreign language in high school are required to take the Foreign Languages Placement test if they will be taking that language (ASL, French, German and Spanish) at PNC. If you have further questions, please contact the Department of English & Modern Languages, TECH 353, 219-785- 5202. Computer Literacy Test Out- CNIT 107