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Early Entrance College Programs
Many colleges, when approached individually, will allow the young student to take
a course or two. Others will allow the young student to become matriculated, often
based on their SAT or ACT scores and previous academic achievement - this
happens more than you might think.
Many state colleges allow juniors and seniors in high school to take
college courses; these programs are often available, but not
well-advertised. Some states have a "Post-Secondary Options Act" as
part of their education or gifted education mandates, that allow high school
students to take college courses for high school credit.
A few schools
have specialized programs designed for young students at least 2 years before high
school graduation. These programs are listed here...
Academy of Georgia West Georgia University, West Georgia, Georgia USA
High school juniors and seniors enroll fulltime in State University of
West Georgia Honors College while concurrently completing high school
- Davidson Institute offers free guidebooks for parents and students
considering early college.
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, Massachusetts USA
Most applicants are 14 to 16 years old, and have completed 9th grade; earn
either an Associate in Arts degree after 2 years, or a Bachelor of Arts
degree after 4 years
High School Early College Bard College, New York City, New York USA
Enables highly motivated students to move in four years from ninth grade
through the first two years of college, earning the associate of arts (A.A.)
degree as well as a high school diploma...
Early Entrance Academy at the University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
Empowers high-achieving students with a passion for STEM and the
Arts/Humanities to begin full-time on-campus study at the University of Iowa
after their sophomore year of high school. Scholarships are available. The
only early entrance program at a public research intensive institution,
accepting students from across the country and around the globe
Boston University Academy Boston,
A co-educational day school for students in grades 9 through 12, Boston
University Academy offers an educational program that combines a classical
curriculum with a rigorous approach to the intellectual and cultural
challenges of contemporary life
State University, Los Angeles, Early Entry Program (EEP) Los Angeles,
The Clarkson School
Potsdam, New York USA
Clarkson School Bridging Year is an early entrance 1-year residential
program for 12th grade students
Academy of Nevada University of Nevada, Reno
For students in grades 6 - 12, a university school for profoundly
gifted students, admission test
College at Guilford (ECG) Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
for students from Guilford County, NC
College High Schools Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Early college high schools provide a unique opportunity for traditionally
underserved students to earn a high school diploma and two years of college
credit, which can be applied toward an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree...
Experience University of Denver, Denver, Colorado USA
For high school students interested in taking college courses for both
high school and college credit
Honors (EH) Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska USA
The Early Honors Program is both an alternative to the senior year in high
school and a challenging springboard into college...
Atlantic University High School Boca Raton, Florida
Intensive dual enrollment public high school on the university campus.
Highly selective program offers high school students (grades 9-12) the
opportunity to earn high school credits and university course hours at no cost to parents or guardians...
Home Education to Higher Education: A Guide for Recruiting, Assessing, and
Supporting Homeschooled Applicants
by Lori Dunlap (or directly from
As the number of homeschoolers continues to increase, professionals who
work with homeschoolers seeking higher education need to develop a plan to
recruit, assess, and assimilate these particularly motivated, thoughtful,
creative students. Combining her professional experience with insights
gathered from surveys of US colleges and universities, the author provides
the information you need to more fully understand this population, along
with strategies and approaches for easily and effectively connecting with,
engaging, and assessing these non-traditional students. Lori also helps
homeschooling families discover what admissions professionals are looking
for in their ideal applicant, better preparing them for the college
Academy of Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) Middle Georgia
College, Cochran, Georgia USA
For high school juniors or seniors with a special interest in mathematics,
engineering, science, and allied health fields; students who complete the
2-year program are given an associate's degree and a high school diploma
College, The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) Staunton,
Young, academically talented women begin their college education 1 to 4
years early within a community of their peers, at any point after completing
8th grade, though one year of high school experience is frequently
Take a virtual
Head Start: Teen Girls Go to College
Academy of Math and Science Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester,
An 11th and 12th grade public high school for 100 academically accelerated
youths in Massachusetts. The only public school in Massachusetts whose
students attend fulltime a university as seniors in high school...
The Missouri Academy of Science,
Mathematics and Computing Northwest Missouri State University,
Maryville, MO, USA
Applicants must be currently enrolled in the tenth grade or equivalent,
who will have completed Geometry and Algebra II by the end of the sophomore
year; two-year program of college coursework, simultaneously earning college
credits and a high school diploma
Projections of Educational Statistics to 2016 from NCES National Center
for Education Statistics
Note the numbers for full- and part-time college enrollment, current and
projected, for men and women 14 to 17 years old (tables 11, 12, 13)...
Honors Program (RHP) University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
Students begin their 4-year college careers at USC as normal freshmen,
just one year early
College Early Entrant Program Chicago, Illinois USA
Shimer's experience of fifty years demonstrates that the serious student
who enters college after the 11th, and in some cases after the 10th grade
handles college life responsibly...
Texas Academy of Leadership in the
Humanities (TALH) Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, USA
two-year residential honors program that allows juniors and seniors in
high school to complete their last two years of high school credits and
their first two years of college requirements concurrently
Texas Academy of Mathematics and
Science (TAMS) University of North Texas, Denton, Texas USA
Residential program for high school-aged Texas students who are gifted in
math and science and have completed 10th grade; upon completion students
receive a special high school diploma and are classified as college juniors
collegiate high school earns big honor by Rita Farlow, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg Collegiate High School received the greatest number of
points on the [Florida] school accountability report. The school
enrolls grades 10-12 in a three-year program that allows students to earn a
high school diploma and a college associate degree simultaneously.
"It's good to note that early college experiences are an excellent source of
college access for minority students. They receive the support for the
transition to prepare them for collegiate classes"...
University’s ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Online
Customized dual enrollment program that allows
you to do your schoolwork once and get credit twice. TROY’s ACCELERATE
students enjoy the advantages of earning college credit while still in high
school. Since all courses are completed entirely online, this program is
flexible enough to fit into any busy schedule...
of Pittsburgh Accelerated High School (AHS)
Accelerated High School is for juniors or seniors (under special
circumstances younger students may be granted permission) who wish to take
college courses on campus...
of Pittsburgh College in High School (CHS)
Offers qualified high school students the opportunity to earn University
of Pittsburgh college credits during their regular school day. Students do
not have to leave their school to travel to the University. Courses are
offered in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Computer Programming,
Communications, French and Latin, and are taught by a high school teacher
who has been certified by that university department as a part-time adjunct
University of Washington Early Entrance Program (EEP) Seattle, Washington USA
The Transition School for students no more than l4 years old, and Early
Entrance Program for full-time university students who are
"graduates" of the Transition School. Also
Young Scholars, for highly motivated, academically talented students who
have completed 10th grade...
September 01, 2017