Early College Admission

High school students over the age of 16, including home schooled students, are encouraged to take advantage of early college opportunities at Garrett College.  Students may take up to eight credit hours per semester at Garrett College while still enrolled in high school. Garrett County students are eligible for a 50 percent tuition reduction.


Garrett County high school students who evidence readiness may be admitted to specific college courses and earn both high school and college credit upon satisfactory completion of the course(s).  A number of courses, including college English and math, are delivered via Interactive Television (ITV) to Northern Garrett and Southern Garrett High School students on the high school campuses.  Other classes approved by the Garrett County Board of Education may be taken on the Garrett College campus for both high school and college credit. 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.

Garrett County students who wish to pursue dual enrollment and receive both high school and college credit should meet with their high school guidance counselor in the spring of their junior year to determine eligibility. Students who wish to take courses outside of their regular school day in order to receive college credit (only) are encouraged to contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions. All dual applicants will complete a special application form at the time of registration.

Placement testing for dually enrolled students generally is required. For those students under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian release form must be completed prior to registration.

Other high school students over the age of 16 who reside within commuting distance to Garrett College, including home schooled students, may enroll in credit courses that do not conflict with their regular school day. Interested students should contact the Garrett College Office of Admissions to discuss placement testing and course offerings. Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT may be required to take the ACCUPLACER Test. Dual students attending Garrett County Public Schools who are not part of the Garrett County Board of Education Dual Enrollment Program will earn college credit but not high school credit for successful completion of courses. All dual students are held to the same standards and regulations as all other Garrett College students. Prior to registration, a completed parent/guardian release form for students under the age of 18 years must be on file.

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.