Yes! I have a lot of experience with this question. Our son attended an early college biomedical high school, and knew he wanted to attend a rigorous school, like Trinity, Rice, or UT. Top tier schools frown upon associates degrees because the students will need to retake many of the classes because of the rigor of the academics. Our son graduated with 57 hours and received 5’s on AP bio and Calculus. Trinity accepted 20 hours as electives and 6 hours for AP for biology and chemistry, for a total of 26 hours. You will find the selection pool for candidates at Trinity is exceptional, so many students will have a lot of college hours.
I cannot stress enough how different Trinity University is compared to a junior college. With only PhD’s teaching the students at Trinity, the rigor and level of instruction, is excellent, yet demanding. My son has found the dual credit classes very helpful in providing background information as the teachers take a deep dive into the material.
Trinity is an AMAZING place, and your daughter will be glad she has the extra hours under her belt when she sees the difference in the workload at Trinity vs. Austin Junior College.