Early Start Credits

The Early Start Credits (ESC) program provides an exciting opportunity for Grade 12 students registered in New Brunswick’s Anglophone high schools to select from a range of challenging courses and earn post-secondary credits in their final year of high school. ECS will provide a post-secondary experience online with classmates from a variety of places, with a variety of backgrounds, and sharing a variety of academic interests. Funding to offset the cost of the program is available to students in financial need. 

Small University | Big Opportunities

At 黑料老司机, you will explore competing and controversial ideas in a supportive environment. We have welcomed grade 12 students looking to complete university-level coursework into our community for years.

 “Choosing to take two university classes while in 12th grade鈥痺as undoubtedly the best decision I made while in high school. It allowed me to have a gradual transition into my post-secondary studies, begin to forge connections with professors, and explore disciplines I am passionate about.”
- Ashley Thornton
, BA ’22, Francis M. McLaughlin Scholarship Recipient

"The Early Start Credit Program was a great opportunity to experience a university class. It was challenging and helpful to participate in a 黑料老司机 Human Rights course. I found the experience to be welcoming and I would recommend it for any high school student interested in liberal arts."

- Lucy Nobes Lee, Fredericton High School, Class of 2022


 “It was a great experience that helped me get a first taste of what to expect when I attend university. It also helped me clarify my interest in economics鈥-鈥痠f I would not have taken the introductory course, I probably would not be studying this discipline. Ultimately, it gave me an opportunity to take on a new challenge from which I have learned a lot and that I am still grateful for today. I highly recommend taking part in it;鈥痽ou will not regret it.”
– Patrice鈥疌ammarano, BA ’22, Francis M. McLaughlin Scholarship Recipient

"Opportunities such as these allow you to not only be challenged academically, but to also be rewarded for hard work. I had a wonderful professor and the staff at 黑料老司机 were very kind, accommodating, and truly made this experience what it was. I think that if anyone ever has the chance to take the Early Start Credit Program at 黑料老司机, they should."

- Owen Green, Hartland Community School, Class of 2022


 “Taking a university course in high school prepared me for my future university career,鈥痑nd it led me to fall in love with the small, yet beautiful, St. Thomas University. I learned so much about the subject area and myself! I took an introduction to鈥痝erontology鈥痗ourse in my final year of high school. Now, I am majoring in gerontology and am the President of the Gerontology Society! Every decision you make opens up a world of possibilities; that is why taking the course was one of the best decisions I have made.”
- Robyn鈥
MacCara, BA ’24, President’s Scholarship Recipient

2024-2025 Course Offerings

First Semester

  • Courses start Wednesday, September 4, 2024 and end Thursday, December 5, 2024.  
  • Exams take place from Monday, December 9 to Saturday, December 14, 2024. 

Courses offered in the Early Start Credit program are asynchronous, online options, meaning that students can work away at the course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

Semester 1 (September to December)


Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 1013

This is an introduction to the study of contemporary cultures and languages and to the methods of ethnographic fieldwork.


Introduction to Psychology 1013

This course will introduce a variety of topics within psychology. Topics to be covered include research methods, history of psychology, brain and behaviour, sensation and perception, learning, memory, and cognition.


Introduction to Communications 1013

This course introduces students to the history and evolution of the communications profession, with particular emphasis on communications in the public policy sphere, from the pioneers who sold ideas on behalf of their clients, to the modern world of two-way communications with the public through the internet and social media tools. The course will explore how this evolution is changing the way governments, politicians, non-governmental organizations, citizens groups and corporations interact with the public.

Environment and Society: Understanding Environmental Problems 1013
Earth systems science reveals that the environmental conditions that supported the development of human civilization over the past 10,000 years are becoming increasingly destabilized. This course introduces students to the Earth's regulatory systems such as climate, nitrogen and phosphorus flows, forests, oceans and biodiversity, and the social structures and processes that are interfering with them. Students will come to understand that environmental problems cannot be solved by individual behavioural changes; solutions will require collective action to achieve systemic change.


Digital Literacy ENGL-1233
Students will learn, use, and critique digital productivity tools, multimedia and website development tools, and Web 2.0 tools, while they apply literary methodologies to broader issues and debates like cyber safety, digital privacy laws and ethics, the economic and social engineering implications of user-data, as well as modes of digital communication and collaboration. Familiarity with critical theories and historical trends will help students understand how social and political movements develop the form, genre, and style of digital platforms.


Second Semester

  • Courses start Wednesday, January 6, 2025 and end Thursday, April 9, 2025. 
  • Exams take place from Monday, April 11, 2025 to Saturday, April 17, 2025. 

Courses offered in the Early Start Credit program are asynchronous, online options, meaning that students can work away at the course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

Semester 2 (January to April)


Introduction to Human Rights 1003
This course introduces students to the study of human rights by investigating the question What are human rights? The course will proceed primarily through a number of examples and case studies. Students will also be given an overview of the basic instruments, institutions, and ideas relevant to human rights.


Introduction to Psychology 1023
This course introduces a variety of topics within psychology. Topics to be covered include research methods, developmental psychology, intelligence and creativity, personality, abnormal behaviour and therapy, social psychology, and applied topics.


Aging in Canada 1023
This course examines the experiences of growing older in Canada. This includes a review of Canada's healthcare, pension systems and other social structures and policies which directly impact older adults in Canadian society.


Introduction to Social Enterprise 1003
This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to social enterprise through historical and contemporary perspectives. It delves into the origins, principles, and practices of social enterprises. The course highlights the interconnectedness between social, economic, and environmental factors, and examines the impact of social enterprises on local communities and broader society. By critically examining case studies and engaging with relevant readings, students develop an understanding of the diverse strategies employed by social enterprises to address societal challenges and promote sustainable development.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be required to meet the following minimum admission requirements for admission to the Early Start Credits program: 

  • Be currently enrolled in the final year of a high school program at an Anglophone high school within the province of New Brunswick; 
  • Be on track to complete their 17 required credits for graduation; 
  • Have an 80% or higher on English 112 or English 111; and 
  • Have an 80% or higher on a grade-11 level, academic history or social studies course.

When final grades are not available for the aforementioned courses at time of application, the decision will鈥痓e made by the Director of Admissions based on the applicant’s overall academic record.鈥疐ulfilling these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  
Students must also be able to provide a letter of support from their high school in order to qualify for admission to the Early Start Credits program. 

Application Process

To be considered for admission to the program, students must submit:

  • an application for admission at  as non-degree, part-time students. Students are asked to note their intention to participate in the Early Start Credits program in their application for admission;
  • a non-refundable $40 CAD application fee; and
  • a high school transcript.

Students must apply and submit supporting documents by August 31, 2024 for first semester courses and by November 30, 2024 for second semester courses.

Registration Process 

Admitted students鈥痺ill be able to register鈥痮n a first-come, first-served basis鈥痑s part-time students in鈥痙esignated courses with the assistance of an admissions team member. 
Prior to the start of classes students will participate in an orientation to ensure they are well-informed and well-equipped for success in their studies.  
Payment will be due by September 13, 2024 for first semester courses and by January 17, 2025 for second semester courses.

Fees: The cost (per three credit hour course) is $864 for the 2024-2025 academic year. Fees for the 2025-2026 academic year will be announced in May. Please note that depending on the鈥痗ourse taken, there may be additional materials (e.g.鈥痶extbooks, course鈥痵upplies)鈥痑nd associated costs鈥痜or which the student is responsible.鈥疉dditional information about funding post-secondary education can be found
Please note: Funding is available for students in financial need.  If you are interested in the program, but require support to pursue this opportunity, please contact admissions@stu.ca.

Support for Student Success

Throughout their participation in the program, students will have access to an admissions team member who can help to support them and direct them to resources — including tutoring, time management assistance, notetaking and motivation coaching, library services, and more — available to them as 黑料老司机 students at no additional cost. 


Students who complete their coursework with a passing grade will receive university-level credit for the coursework completed.  This credit may be applied towards future studies at St. Thomas University, and it may be eligible for transfer credit to other post-secondary institutions.

Contact Us

For more information about this option, contact your high school guidance counsellor.  You may also free to contact our Admissions Office, as we would be happy to provide further information and answer any questions you may have. 
Phone: 506-452-0532鈥 
Toll-free: 1-877-788-4443鈥