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Early College Programs for High School Students



High school juniors and seniors may have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses before graduation.  This can reduce both the amount of time and money needed to complete your two-year and four-year degree.  In addition, students that earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school and continue through college.  Students at participating high schools may elect to take a CCC college course at their school; or students can take a class at one of the seven CCC campuses while they are still enrolled in high school.                                    


Early College Opportunities:                                      


Dual Enrollment

High school juniors and seniors can take a college class at one of the City Colleges of Chicago for FREE!  Students can enroll in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students in dual enrollment frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Students can also enroll in career pathway courses including Automotive, Business, Early Childhood Development, Logistics, Culinary, and Information Technology.                         

Dual​ Credit

The City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with a number of high schools to offer college credit classes for juniors and seniors at the high school.  Participating students will receive both college and high school credit for their work.  High Schools interested in becoming a Dual Credit partner should contact City Colleges of Chicago at 773-COLLEGE or for details.                             



Students must be a least a junior or senior in high school by the time they start either Early College program in order to be eligible. If student is younger than 16 and/or lower than junior status, the student must demonstrate​ college readiness in Math, Reading and English as well as obtain permission from the President of the college of their choice.             

Most courses require that students be college-ready as demonstrated by the ACT, or the COMPASS placement test. (See cutoff scores below)  The COMPASS placement test may be taken at CCC's college testing centers.  COMPASS may also be available in some high schools; check with your guidance counselor for availability.  Set up an appointment with your guidance counselor or contact a CCC Early College Rep, listed below to participate.  Before taking the test, make sure you prepare.                                    

​Math ​English
​ACT Score ​21+ (Math section) ​19+ (Reading section) AND 21+(English section)
​Algebra Score of 43+ ​Reading Score of 80+
e-Write Score of 8+

(a combination of the ACT and COMPASS
can be used to demonstrate college readiness
in both Reading and English.  Readiness in both
areas are needed for any college-level Writing or Reading course)
Simple Process
  1. Apply to the college - Admission
  2. Go through our checklist to get your materials ready - Checklist
  3. Fill out a permission form - Permission Form​
  4. Contact an advisor and take the COMPASS test if necessary (below).
  5. Pick your course - Summer 2014 Schedule; Fall 2014 Schedule
  6. ​                                    

Articulation - Credit for Prior Learning

High school students may be able to receive college credit for work that was completed in high school.  The City Colleges of Chicago is working with Chicago Public Schools to create articulation agreements in Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas.  Upon successful completion of their high school course work, students may receive college credit upon enrollment at the City Colleges of Chicago.                                    


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