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Earn college credit through American University while attending the NSLC.

The National Student Leadership Conference has a unique partnership with American University to offer college credit for our high school summer programs. The American University is distinguished as a premier global university and known for turning “ideas into action and action into service.” As a result of this NSLC/AU alliance, students attending the NSLC’s summer programs for high school students have the opportunity to take college credit classes taught by American University faculty at all NSLC locations. This credit option enhances your education within the framework of your program experience, without interrupting NSLC activities.

Benefits of AU Credit

Through this unique opportunity, you will:

  • Enjoy personal instruction from your college professor.
  • Participate in online discussion groups and/or instruction once you return home through the university’s electronic blackboard.
  • Receive feedback and work with your professor as you complete your final project/assignment.
  • Learn how to navigate library E-reserves and online academic journals/resources.
  • Bolster your college applications by checking-off/submitting your college-level course for credit on the Common Application.
  • Have an official American University transcript sent to any college to which you are applying

The AU college credit courses are designed to relate to your NSLC program, allowing you to pursue areas of interest from a variety of disciplines, including government, international studies, business, communication, and the sciences. Taught by AU faculty at all NSLC locations, students explore relevant and engaging topics in an innovative, encouraging, and personalized learning environment. Note: The college credit option is designed so that you will not miss any of your NSLC activities. Participants may be expected to attend a 2pm class on opening day as well as several additional one-hour classes.

AU credit is transferable to most accredited colleges and universities. In recognition of the scholastic aptitude and leadership merit of students selected for the NSLC, this credit is offered at a reduced tuition rate of $790 per credit hour. Detailed College Credit information will be provided upon your acceptance to the NSLC.

How to Enroll in AU Credit

In order to enroll in the AU College Credit option, you must first enroll in an NSLC program. Upon acceptance to your program, please log-in to your myNSLC page and complete the “College Credit” form. Your first American University college credit course may be held on the first day of your program from 2-6pm. Additional information is available on your myNSLC page.

Contact Information for AU Credit

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I sign up for American University (AU) college credit?
Students who enroll in the American University college credit option will experience personal instruction from an AU faculty member. They will get a jump-start on learning how to navigate university electronic resources, including Blackboard and E-Reserves. When it’s time to apply to college, students may check off on their Common Application that they’ve taken a university class for credit. And they will enhance their overall NSLC experience by engaging in subject material on a more academic level. Please visit www.american.edu/nslc for more information on the program.

What should I know about American University?
American University is a private liberal arts and research university located in Washington, DC. American University provides a rigorous academic experience where talented students and faculty thrive in a collegial and supportive setting. A leader in global education, AU enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students from throughout the United States and nearly 150 countries, providing opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world. The AU community is distinguished by its internationally renowned scholars, highly talented and engaged students, and alumni leaders in public service, nonprofit work, and the private sector.

Is AU college credit offered at all NSLC programs?
Yes, AU college credit is offered at all campuses where NSLC programs are held.

Will the college credit classes interfere with my NSLC program?
No, the program is designed so that you will not miss any of your activities at NSLC. The first class may be held on opening day at 2pm. You will need to make arrangements to schedule your arrival to attend this first class. (Consult NSLC if it’s necessary to arrive a day early.) The remaining classes are generally held in the morning before NSLC activities begin. Please visit www.american.edu/nslc for more information.

Do I have to complete assignments while at my program?
No, you are not expected to complete any assignments during your program. You will have 30 days once you return home to complete and submit your assignments. In certain cases, we allow for an extension should this be necessary. Please contact Page Hogan at hogan@american.edu for any questions on deadlines.

Will enrolling in AU credit bolster my applications for college?
Successfully completing the AU college credit option program will allow you to demonstrate that you have stretched yourself and taken initiative beyond what is normally expected from high school students. On your college applications, you will be able to list your course and “check off” that the course earned college credits (beyond AP and IB).

May I list my AU college credit class on the Common Application?
Yes. The Common Application, an undergraduate college admissions application used by nearly 500 colleges and universities in the U.S., includes a section for students to list any college credit classes (other than AP and IB) that they have taken. The application will ask for American University’s CEEB code (001434) as well as the name of the course. See sample drop-down menu taken from the Common Application.

Will American University send my transcript to colleges where I am applying?
Yes, American University will send free of charge your transcript to any colleges to which you are applying. Once you have completed your course, AU will provide instructions on sending transcripts.

Is the credit transferable to other colleges and universities?
Yes. However, as with Advanced Placements credits, each college/university has its own policies with regard to accepting academic credit from other institutions. Students are advised to contact universities to which they are interested in attending to inquire as to its policies.

What is the discounted tuition per credit?
The discounted tuition for the AU college credit option is $790 per credit—roughly 40% off the normal AU undergraduate per-credit cost. AU college credits may be transferred to other colleges and universities. With your permission, AU will send free of charge your transcript anywhere you wish it sent.

What final research papers/projects are required?
The assignments per course vary depending on the instructor. In general, students will be required to complete two assignments, the longer of which might be a 1,000- to 1,500-word research paper (about 4-5 double-spaced pages.) Please visit www.american.edu/nslc for more information.

How long do I have to complete these assignments?
You are not required to do any work related to your course while at your NSLC program. Once you have returned home, you have 30 days to complete all assignments. In some cases, extensions are allowed with the permission of your professor. Please contact Page Hogan at hogan@american.edu for questions on deadlines.

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