I am currently a sophomore in high school and I am on track to have approximately 70 hours of college credit by the time I graduate high school. Some of this college credit is concurrent credit and others I am planning to take online. I want to be a doctor one day and I was considering going into UMKC’s combined 6-year BA/MD program because it has everything I want in a college and fits into my life goals (to get married and have a family etc.). Will I still be eligible to apply for this program with 70 hours of college credit? Will I be able to apply to any traditional scholarships with this many college credit hours? I am panicking because UMKC has been my dream program for a few years now and I’m not sure what my back-up plan is yet.
Usually college credits taken while still in high school do not turn a student into a transfer applicant. For the exact answer, communicate directly with the admissions office at UMKC and find out what your situation would be there.
Why do you want to take the extra online classes in addition to your concurrent credits?
The colleges where I live by offer a very discounted rate for general college credit (only $33 per credit hour, not including textbooks), for high school students. I thought I might as well get those credits for a cheaper price and give myself a lighter workload once I start college, even if I don’t get into UMKC.
This might make sense if you take the courses at the place you would want to attend if you aren’t admitted to UMKC. But it might not if you would end up attending a different place. Most colleges and universities limit the number of credits that can be accepted for transfer. Some will allow courses that cannot be transferred to be used to place a student into a higher-level course. So be sure that you are truly interested in the courses! You might end up having to think of them as extra electives.
Not to mention of course, that all of your college coursework will need to be reported when you apply to a college or grad school. A bad grade in an extra class that you took in high school will be on your record forever.