Early College Credits

Early College Credits at Gorham High School

Students are eligible for up to 12 credits per year (July 1-June 30) through the Early Studies Programs in the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System. Additional early studies options are available through Husson University, St. Joseph’s College and University of New England. Students should discuss their options for this early studies program with their school counselor. Transportation, books and fees are the responsibility of the student.

This is just a reminder that the Aspirations Program only covers 12 credits per academic year. The first summer session resets the credit count back to 0. The last spring session ends the credit count. This means the summer courses you are enrolled in currently count toward the 2023/2024 AY. This total includes courses taken at Maine's Public Universities and Maine's Community Colleges. You will be financially responsible for any credits you register for after 12 (remember, a typical course is 3 credits).

Special Agreement with the University of Southern Maine 

In March of 2020, Gorham High School and the University of Southern Maine announced a new partnership that enables GHS students to earn a full year of college credit by the time they graduate from high school. The pathways are in:

  • Law or Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Nursing and Health Sciences

During the 2021-2022 academic year, 195 GHS students earned 1442.5 credits.  At the current rate of $288 per credit (not including fees), Gorham students saved $415,440!  

Any GHS student who wishes to learn more about early-college opportunities should make an appointment with their school counselor to sign up.

USM partners with Maine high school to help students earn college credits

The Law or Liberal Arts Pathway includes the following courses with the potential total number of credits between 30-33:

The Engineering Pathway includes the following courses with the potential total number of credits between 30.5:

The Nursing and Health Sciences Pathway includes the following courses with the potential total number of credits between 30:

Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Southern Maine regarding Early College Pathways