High School Graduation with Associate of Arts at the Same Time
The state of FL provides a great opportunity for many currently enrolled high school students to simultaneously pursue an Associates of Arts degree from a local or partnering institution with the high school. These opportunities include an Associate of Arts degree being completed along with the high school graduation, meaning students will enter UWF in possession of both. While certainly not all high school students participate, the number of students coming to UWF with an associate's degree has grown dramatically in the last few years. We expect that trend to continue.
These opportunities are wonderful for students across Florida, but whenever a student considers going down the pathway to completing an AA while completing high school, a few things should be made clear about that path:
- Students should strongly consider researching how transferring to each university of interest is a bit different, depending on majors, with regard to prerequisites, timing, summer enrollment expectations, and/or the GPAs required to gain access to the competitive programs at the university levels.
- Students are required by the state of FL to be classified as a first time in college student (new freshman) throughout the application, admission and enrollment process.
- Students will receive any/all accomplished Dual Enrollment credit shortly after their first semester at UWF begins.
- Students completing the entire associate's degree while they complete high school will still be required to attend the university's orientation programs and participate in any other programming intended for first time in college students.