Jump Start

Get a jump start on your education by taking college courses for high school students.


Looking for a way to get a Jump Start on college? We offer two options for high school students looking to take college courses. On campus classes give you a taste of college life and the opportunity to interact personally with your professor and fellow students. Online classes through Emmaus Global Campus provide more flexibility. You can study from your desk at home or your favorite coffee shop. Whatever option you choose, you will enjoy high-quality academics taught by experienced faculty from a Christ-centered, biblical perspective.

Dubuque Campus

Take college courses for $165/credit hour, connect in-person with your professor and classmates, and enjoy being a part of the college campus environment!

Apply to the Dubuque Campus

Global Campus

Take college courses and communicate with professors and other students 100% online. Pay $165/credit hour, and organize your studies based on your own schedule.

Apply to the Global Campus


In order to participate in our Jump Start program and qualify for the $165/credit hour tuition rate, you must:

  • Have completed your sophomore year of high school
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher (transcript required)
  • Profess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior
  • Have parental consent
  • Earn a C or better in college courses to continue in Jump Start program
Sample Courses

Some sample Jump Start courses include:


  • Survey of Doctrine
  • Old Testament Survey 1 & 2
  • New Testament Survey
  • Apologetics
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Psalms/Proverbs
  • Acts/Paul
  • Christian Life and Worldview

General Education

  • College Mathematics
  • Western Civilization 1
  • English Composition


  • Business as Mission
  • Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Counseling Foundations
  • Developmental Psychology
  • History of Missions
  • World Religions
Dual Credit

You may be able to receive dual credit for Emmaus courses. Dual credit means that one course meets requirements for both high school and college. You get twice the bang for your buck!  The low cost of dual credits can save you thousands of dollars in college costs.

Note: The decision to accept a college course for high school credit is up to your high school or school district. Check with your school counselor before beginning a college course for dual credit.

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