UNC mathematical decision science major Tammy Lee thought she was the only upperclassman in her Math 383 course.
But three others joined her in signing up for the course. The twist: the students are upperclassmen in high school, and they are earning college credit.
“They said that they were juniors and seniors in high school, and everyone was shocked because they didn’t know that was allowed,” Lee said.
But Ashwin Bhargava, a senior at Chapel Hill High School, knew it was allowed and decided to take full advantage.
“I already took the highest level math offered at my school, and I thought it would be better to take the next level course,” Bhargava said.
Bhargava decided to take college level math after completing Advanced Placement Calculus. He is taking Math 383 this semester, and he took Math 233 during fall 2013.
According to the University's academic policies , high school students can take courses at UNC during both the regular academic year and summer school sessions, as long as they meet the specific requirements set forth by UNC's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
High school students may only be admitted if they are on the honor roll and have completed their junior year of high school. Summer School Dean Jan Yopp said an average of 50 to 60 high school students enroll in courses at UNC during the summer. They are expected to perform at the same academic level as their college classmates.