Early College Admission

High school students over the age of 16, including home schooled students, are encouraged to take advantage of the early college admission opportunities at Garrett College in order to get a head start on higher education. Students may take up to eight credit hours per semester at Garrett College while still enrolled in high school. Maryland students are eligible for a 50 percent tuition reduction for up to eight credit hours (per semester) and a $6 reduction of the combined fee. Please see the early admission categories below for enrollment information.

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Maryland high school students who evidence readiness through completion of the College placement indicator may be admitted to specific college courses and earn both high school and college credit upon satisfactory completion of the course(s). Dual enrollment courses in math and English currently are delivered via Interactive Television (ITV) to Northern Garrett and Southern Garrett High School students on the high school campuses. Dually enrolled students are held to the rules, regulations, and standards of the College regardless of their physical location at the time the course is offered.

Students who wish to pursue dual enrollment should meet with their high school guidance counselor in the junior year to determine eligibility for the following school year. Dual applicants will complete the High School Dual Enrollment application/registration form.

Placement testing for dually enrolled students is required and typically is administered in the spring of the student’s junior year. An Admissions officer will register approved students. For dually enrolled students under 18 years of age, A Parent/Guardian Release for Students Under 18 form must be completed prior to registration. Maryland students are eligible for a 50 percent tuition reduction for up to eight credit hours (per semester) and a $6 reduction of the combined fee.

ECAP - EARLY COLLEGE ADMISSION PROGRAM
Maryland students currently enrolled in high school may be eligible for special admission to the College under the Early College Admissions Program (ECAP). High school students must be pre-approved by the Garrett County Board of Education to enroll at the College full-time as an alternative to their twelfth grade in order to complete a high school diploma. Interested students are required to meet with their high school guidance counselor to review eligibility requirements prior to applying for admission to the College. Once documentation of approval is in place, the Director of Admissions will assist the applicant with registration. Prior to registration, a completed Parent/Guardian Release for Students Under 18 form must be on file for ECAP students under the age of 18. ECAP students are eligible for a 50 percent tuition reduction for up to eight credit hours (per semester) and a $6 reduction of the combined fee.

HIGH SCHOOL CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT
Any high school student over the age of 16 who resides within commuting distance to Garrett College, including home schooled students, may enroll in credit courses that do not conflict with his/her high school class schedule. Interested students should contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions for the special High School/Concurrent Enrollment form and to discuss placement testing. Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT may be required to take the ACCUPLACER Test at Garrett College. Concurrent students earn college credit but not high school credit for successful completion of Garrett College coursework. Concurrent students are held to the same standards and regulations as all other Garrett College students. Prior to registration, a completed Parent/GuardianRelease for Students Under 18 form must be on file for those students under the age of 18. Maryland students are eligible for a 50 percent tuition reduction for up to eight credit hours (per semester) and a $6 reduction of the combined fee.

APPLICANTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16
Students under the age of 16 who have been designated as gifted and talented by the Garrett County Board of Education may apply to be admitted upon appropriate validation of talent or giftedness. Those who have been home schooled or who have attended an institution not recognized by the Board of Education also may seek admission as gifted and talented. Students accepted under this policy may enroll in courses appropriate to their level of preparation and interests not to exceed eight credit hours. Gifted and talented students may not enroll in a degree or certificate program or any program leading to a recognized educational credential until they are at least 16 years of age.