There was a time in the recent past when early admissions to college was not something many people were familiar with or even knew existed. Early admissions is more commonplace now and an option to give some students an accelerated boost toward a college degree.
What is Early Admissions to College?
In summary, this is a way for students to enter college early rather than waiting until the traditional time of the fall following high school graduation. Program guidelines vary per individual college or university, but many schools support this program.
Who Qualifies for Early Admissions?
The program is designed for high school students with exceptional ability. Admissions requirements will vary per school, but primarily you can expect participating colleges to require a high GPA, successful completion of the majority of high school credits, and an above average ACT/SAT score.
If a student has completed most high school credits but lacks one or two that might prevent them from bypassing their senior year, there is always the option of summer school to fulfill any straggling credit requirements so the student can begin college as a freshman in the fall of what would have been their senior year.
Is Early Admissions a Good Fit for Your Student?
Many students spend their early high school years relishing the thought of their senior year. It is the end of one life’s phase about to launch into another, and there are privileges associated with senior status.
Many high school students want to be there for the last homecoming game, the senior prom, experiencing the wonderful memories with their friends, and they have no interest in spending their high school senior year as a college freshman.
Some others aren’t that concerned with missing their senior year and prefer to get the head start in college to land them in the professional world sooner. It’s simply a matter of preference of the individual student.