High school students are able to get a jump start on their college careers by enrolling in Mercy College courses while still in high school. The courses are college level and are accepted as direct transfer credits at Mercy College and at most other colleges and universities. Not only will this course work give your students valuable preparation for college level work, it will also save them time and money when pursing their college degree.
The courses will be taught at your school by your instructors. To be qualified, your instructor must have a minimum of a master's degree in their respective field. They must submit copies of their course syllabi and their résumé to our full-time faculty, who will work closely with your instructors to ensure the quality of the course. One of our faculty members in the field may even serve as a guest lecturer at your school from time to time, and your students may be invited to participate in relevant activities at one of our four Mercy campuses. The following must be submitted to the Mercy College High School Program Coordinator.
- A syllabus for the course, including the name of the textbook being used. An example of a final exam and other exams, if available.
- The resume of the instructor teaching the course.
- The above documents will be sent to the appropriate department chairperson, who will review the teacher's materials and determine if the course content and instructor's credentials are acceptable.
- Once a course is approved, a signed contract will be sent to the high school.
- If a course is rejected, schools may have the option to resubmit materials at a later time for approval.
- Approved courses are re-evaluated every 3 years after their initial approval date to ensure the course still adheres to set guidelines. If a new instructor is teaching the course, his/her resume must be submitted as well.
- Textbooks are provided by the host high schools, making these courses even more affordable for your students.
- Courses must meet for a minimum of 14 weeks for at least 3 hours each week. This makes it possible to offer courses both in the fall and spring semesters.
- Qualified high school juniors and seniors may enroll in these courses. Typically, these courses are honors courses or courses being offered for AP credit or senior electives.
- Final decision concerning student eligibility is made at the discretion of the host high school.
If you are interested in offering college credit for courses currently running at your school this semester or in the future, please contact the Office of Admissions at Mercy College at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to discuss which subjects are eligible for credit, and will arrange to come to your school to speak with your students. All registrations and payments for the fall semester must be received by October 15th and by February 27th for the spring semester.
We hope you choose to participate in this program and that your high school and Mercy College forge a viable partnership that enables your students to make a seamless transition from high school to college.