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SALT LAKE CITY — A new study shows that students who get a taste of college while still in high school are much more likely to complete their education.
The study said that students who take advanced placement or concurrent enrollment classes — both of which offer college credit — are twice as likely to graduate college with a degree.
"Students that have a rigorous academic preparation tend to be engaged in their undergraduate experience and as a result, their persistence rates are higher," said U. Director of Admissions Matthew Lopez. "You know they stay and they graduate."
University professors teach concurrent enrollment classes, while AP classes have a comparable course load, but earning the credit all comes down to an end of year test. Both are notoriously challenging and more common for students to take.
"It helps you be prepared for the homework load, like I think the transition is a lot smoother, it's not a big jump," said U. freshman Evan George.
The work pays off, too. The state offers scholarships for students who complete an associate's degree in high school.