Graduating from high school with some college credits under your belt can give you an advantage in college, and one of the state's public universities is getting the jump on a new state law that lets students take more advantage.

The law, guaranteeing high scorers (3 or higher) on Advanced Placement exams credit at the Illinois public university or community college they attend, is not in effect until next fall. But Northern Illinois University chose to make it retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year.

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“It essentially just gives students more opportunity to take the most valuable and stringent courses available to them,” says NIU's director of admissions, Dani Rollins. “It also allows us to give them more credit and to really see that they've been challenging themselves and to take that into consideration when they arrive.”


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