- Are you a Junior or Senior in High School (or 16-19 years old)?
- Have you successfully completed the required high school classes up to your current grade level, and are you on track to graduate high school on time?
- Do you meet the course prerequisites for the course(s) requested?
- Have you submitted all application and registration materials and obtained all necessary signatures?
- If your answer to these questions is, "Yes!", then you are indeed eligible for Early College
As an Early College student, you will be taking on an added workload that will require strong effort, organization, and time management skills. These courses are college courses which move at an accelerated pace than what you may be accustomed to, and contain more content than standard high schools classes.
Being successful in college courses doesn't just boil down to grasping the material and participating in class. You will be responsible for knowing when projects and homework is due, and when tests or exams are approaching. You will need to fill out a number of (boring and probably unnecessary) forms, follow procedures for registration and payment, understand university policies and how they apply to you, and abide by strict university deadlines.
This isn't to say that there aren't many resources eagerly awaiting to help you be successful. But you are, by all means, responsible for your own success.
You should also keep in mind that by entering the Early College Program, you are beginning a record of academic history via your college transcript, which will represent you throughout your entire post-secondary time. That can be a good thing, or a bad thing depending on your actions.
Note: Poor academic history can adversely affect the following:
- Your ability to gain admissions into post-secondary institutions
- Your ability to be awarded financial aid and/or scholarships
- Acceptance into the degree program of your choice
- Eligibility for participation in athletics and campus activities
Participating in Early College and earning college credits while you're in high school is a positive and important step in your academic career so long as you are hard-working, organized, and responsible.