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Program Description

Slippery Rock University's Fast Track Program allows students who have completed their sophomore year, are enrolled in their high school's college preparatory program and rank in the upper third of their class to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school, accepting the same rigors as all other ROCK degree-seeking students. Students are given the unique opportunity to extend their academic preparation for college beyond the high school level.

Successful completion of the coursework will earn the student regular college credits, which will be applied to the student's Slippery Rock University official transcript once he/she has enrolled after high school graduation. In addition, all Fast Track credits meet Slippery Rock University's academic curriculum requirements for degree completion. If the student decides to attend another university, most of the Fast Track credits may be transferred to that institution after enrollment has occurred.

Program Specifics

Fast Track students:

  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • are not eligible for campus housing.
  • must supply their own transportation.
  • will be expected to meet all college-level requirements and assignments, including attendance.
  • will receive an official grade report at the end of each participating semester.
  • A separate Fast Track application with supporting credentials must be submitted for each semester students wish to attend.

The application and credentials must be received by the Office of Admission five working days prior to the first day of classes. Students are admitted to Fast Track as "non-degree" only.

SRU Fast Track students are limited to a maximum of two courses per semester and may enroll for approved courses only.

Fast Track coursework is not intended to satisfy high school curriculum requirements.Fast Track participants may enroll for a maximum of two courses during the fall, spring, and summer semesters at The Rock. Students interested in continuing their Fast Track enrollment for subsequent semesters will need to reapply for admission and will register for classes on a space-available basis during the advisement period designated for "special" students.

Admissions Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the Fast Track Admissions Program a student must:

  • Have completed grade 10 in high school.
  • Rank in upper 1/3 of high school class.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for academic college preparatory courses taken in grades 9 - 10.

Applicants will be judged on a case-by-case basis, with the final determination being made with attention to the student's ability to undertake college-level coursework.

Program eligibility is based on:

  • the student's official high school transcript
  • guidance counselor and principal recommendations

Course Selection

While there are no specific courses assigned to the Fast Track Program, students are urged to consider courses offered by departments such as art, computer science, English, history, modern languages and cultures, music and theatre. Previous Fast Track students have enjoyed the following undergraduate liberal studies (general education) classes at The Rock:

  • ART 107: BASIC STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY
  • ENGLISH 101: COLLEGE WRITING 1
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE 110: COMPUTER CONCEPTS
  • MATH 120: INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA
  • MUSIC 127: Orientation to Music Therapy (1 Credit)
  • SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY/SOCIAL WORK 105: HUMAN DIVERSITY
  • THEATRE 131: FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING

Typical Fast Track coursework will assist the student in meeting university degree requirements for college graduation. These classes complete liberal studies blocks for any academic major and are transferrable to most universities. Some classes require previous academic preparation. Complete course information is available on The Rock's Web site and in the college catalog.

If you would like an SRU Fast Track application, please contact SRU's Office of Admissions at (724) 738 - 2015 or 1-800-929-4778 or use our Web site's Printable Fast Track Application.