Academic Administration

College Early

College Early is an opportunity offered by Pacific Union College for qualified high school students to take a college course on our campus, or, in approved situations, on their own high school campus prior to graduation (see “Off-Campus Enrollment” below). On-campus enrollment has two options, College Early and College Early: Summer in Residence.

Through the College Early program, local students may register for one lower-division course (numbers 299 and below) at a reduced tuition rate each quarter that they are eligible for enrollment. The rate for the current academic year is listed on the program application. The College Early reduced tuition rate does not apply to Adventist Colleges Abroad, flight training courses, private music lessons, audited courses, or directed study courses. In addition to applicable College Early tuition charges, there are established fees associated with certain courses (e.g. materials fees for Visual Arts courses). See page 211 in the General Catalog for an overview of the current fee structure.

Because tuition for College Early is already at a reduced rate, PUC employee discounts for children of faculty and staff members do not apply. However, all students who decide to attend PUC after high school receive a 50% reimbursement of their College Early tuition.

Non-local students who still want to experience life on the PUC campus—and take advantage of the reduced tuition rate and 50% tuition reimbursement policy—are encouraged to apply to the College Early: Summer in Residence program. Each summer, PUC selects 20 qualified applicants to experience our rigorous academic environment while earning college credit at a special reduced tuition rate (plus additional program fees and living expenses) in popular General Education courses like Introduction to Chemistry, History of World Civilizations, Nutrition, and History of Western Art. A full schedule of classes, study sessions, and extracurricular weekend activities provide an excellent opportunity to learn and grow during either our two- or four-week program.

Here’s what College Early students have said about the program:

“I loved taking the Nutrition class because everything the teacher taught me was relevant to my life. I should be concerned with what I put in my body regardless of whether I become a Dietitian or not (likely not). I enjoyed the whole two week course, and I think it's totally worth it to take the class during the summer.” – Mariah Sagehorn (12th grade), Summer 2014 & 2015

“I enjoyed learning at a faster pace and realizing that I could keep up. My favorite parts of Introductory Chemistry were Professor Pak’s jokes and the labs – particularly the simple chemical reactions and the titration labs. . . . If I had found this program earlier; I definitely would've done it last year too. It was a blend of learning, productivity, and entertainment.” – Sophie Chen (12th grade), Summer 2015

For more information about any of our College Early programs, please email academicadministration@puc.edu or call the Associate Academic Dean’s office at 707-965-7103.

Please Note: All received grades for College Early courses become a permanent part of the student’s PUC transcript.

Admission qualifications and application procedures for each version of the College Early program are listed below:

On-Campus Enrollment (Non-PUC Prep Students Only*)

Student Admission Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in grade 11 or 12
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after most recent semester completed
  • Endorsement by the high school registrar as a qualified applicant
  • Consent of a parent or legal guardian

Application Procedure

  • Download and complete the College Early Registration Form.
  • Search a complete list of available courses by going to webadvisor.puc.edu and clicking on “Search for Sections.” Enter the term you are interested in, select “Lower Division” from the “Course Levels” drop-down menu, and click “Submit.”
  • Once the form is completed—and signed by the student, the student’s parent, and the student’s registrar—the form is to be turned in to the Associate Academic Dean’s office (either dropped off, faxed, or mailed; see contact information below).
  • First-time enrollees will receive a letter from the Associate Academic Dean’s office with their PUC ID number, which is needed to set up the student’s online accounts (visit accounts.puc.edu).
  • Enrolled students will receive a billing statement for tuition. The current tuition rate for the academic year is listed on the registration form.

*Students of PUC Preparatory School should consult their registrar for information about the program and to obtain a registration form.

College Early: Summer in Residence

Student Admission Qualifications

  1. Enrolled in grade 11 or 12 for the upcoming fall quarter
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 after the most recent semester completed
  3. Endorsement by the high school registrar and the principal as a qualified applicant
  4. Consent of a parent or legal guardian

How to Apply

  1. Review the Estimated Program Fees and Living Expenses outlined for the current program, available January 2018.
  2. Download and print the College Early: Summer in Residence application, available January 2018.
  3. Complete the student portion of the application after reviewing the two-week and four-week course options, available January 2018.
  4. Obtain signatures of the high school registrar, principal, and parent or legal guardian on the application.
  5. Fax, email, or mail the completed application to the Office of the Associate Academic Dean.

Off-Campus Enrollment

High schools interested in participating in the off-campus enrollment track of the College Early program should observe the following guidelines:

College Early Instructor Qualification

  • A master’s degree in the subject area being taught (as evidenced by an official transcript)
Student Admission Qualifications
  • Current enrollment in grade 11 or 12
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after the most recent semester completed
  • Endorsement by the high school registrar as a qualified candidate
  • Consent of a parent or legal guardian
Program Participation Guidelines
  1. High schools interested in offering a College Early course on their campus are invited to submit messages of interest to the Associate Academic Dean by emailing academicadministration@puc.edu. Please include a description of the proposed course offering, and the instructor candidate’s CV and relevant transcript(s). Once the appropriate College faculty member and the Associate Academic Dean have approved the instructor, the Associate Academic Dean will draw up a teaching contract for the instructor to become an adjunct faculty member of Pacific Union College during the quarter the course is taught.
  2. Once the signed teaching contract (and any additional required forms for employment) is returned by the instructor to the College, the Associate Academic Dean will send the instructor the course description from the College’s General Catalog, syllabus guidelines, and any additional course objectives and sample syllabi available for the course.
  3. Once the course syllabus is approved by the appropriate College faculty member, the Associate Academic Dean’s office will provide a course-specific student registration form and registration-completion instructions to the course instructor.
  4. Completed student registration forms and tuition payments are to be collected by the high school and mailed en masse to the College.
  5. Upon registration, each student will receive an acceptance letter from the Office of the Associate Academic Dean, which will also provide the student’s PUC ID number, and instructions for how to set up appropriate PUC accounts and how to access the College’s library databases online (including access to journal articles, eBooks, and videos).
  6. Once the course is completed, the College will assign PUC credit for registered students based on the final grades submitted to the Records Office by the course instructor. All assigned grades for College Early courses become a permanent part of the student’s PUC transcript.

Office of the Associate Academic Dean
Academic Administration
One Angwin Ave.
Angwin, CA 94508
Phone: 707-965-7103 ~ Fax: 707-965-7104
academicadministration@puc.edu