Bulkeley High School

Matthew Espinosa, Principal

Early College Experience

Get a step ahead on college


The Early College Experience (ECE) program at the University of Connecticut encourages students to take classes in their high schools that also provide credit at the University of Connecticut. That is, these classes count for high school graduation and also give credit at the University of Connecticut, at all other Connecticut state universities and colleges and at many private colleges as well.

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uconn campus in autumn


The program offers many benefits for students and their parents:

    • Parents and students save money, because classes that would cost thousands of dollars in college are free at Bulkeley High School.
    • Students finish college more quickly, because they have already passed one or more college courses by the time that they graduate from Bulkeley.
    • Students learn more easily in small Bulkeley classes, rather than being thrown in their freshman year in college into large lecture classes with hundreds of other students.
    • Students prove to themselves and their parents that they will succeed in college.
    • Students gain advanced standing in college, allowing them to study abroad, pursue internships, or enjoy double majors.
    • ECE students can use all UConn libraries for all their Bulkeley classes.


To gain college credit, students must earn a grade of C or higher in their ECE classes. In contrast to Advanced Placement or freshman college courses, ECE students are graded on all of their work throughout the class.

student studying
Uconn Library Outside


When you take these steps, and when you complete your ECE class, you will have passed a class in college. You will save your parents thousands of dollars by passing this college class at Bulkeley. You will be able to earn your college degree more quickly. Congratulations!

Course offerings

Principles of Biology (BIOL1108)

4 UConn credits

An introduction to college biology, with emphasis on ecology, evolution, genetics, and plant biology. 

United States History to 1877 (HIST1501)

3 UConn credits

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

United States History 1877-Present (HIST1502)

3 UConn credits

Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history following Reconstruction.