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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...

See also ... (Early) College Planning and (Early) College Success Stories

Davidson Institute Guidebooks Recommended
Davidson Institute offers free guidebooks for parents and students considering early college. (Guidebooks require Adobe Reader)
bullet Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance (Parent Version),
bullet Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance (Student Version)
Advanced 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 graduation requirements
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 
Bard 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...
Bucksbaum 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, Massachusetts USA
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
California State University, Los Angeles, Early Entry Program (EEP) Los Angeles, California USA
bullet"Why College So Young?" A parent's testimonial on CSULA's EEP
The Clarkson School Potsdam, New York USA
Clarkson School Bridging Year is an early entrance 1-year residential program for 12th grade students
Davidson Academy of Nevada University of Nevada, Reno
For students in grades 6 - 12, a university school for profoundly gifted students, admission test
Early College at Guilford (ECG) Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
for students from Guilford County, NC
Early 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...
Early Experience University of Denver, Denver, Colorado USA
For high school students interested in taking college courses for both high school and college credit
Early 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...
Florida 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...
From Home Education to Higher Education: A Guide for Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting Homeschooled Applicants Recommended by Lori Dunlap (or directly from GHF Press)
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 application process...
Georgia 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
Mary Baldwin College, The Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) Staunton, Virginia USA
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 recommended.  Take a virtual tour... Head Start: Teen Girls Go to College
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts USA
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)...
Residential Honors Program (RHP) University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA
Students begin their 4-year college careers at USC as normal freshmen, just one year early
Shimer 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
Tiny collegiate high school earns big honor by Rita Farlow, St. Petersburg Times
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"...
Troy 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...
University 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...
University 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 faculty member...
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 Academy for Young Scholars, for highly motivated, academically talented students who have completed 10th grade...
bullet All Rivers Lead to the Sea: A Follow-up Study of Gifted Young Adults (requires Adobe Reader)

Last updated December 01, 2020

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