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 Early College - Dual Enrollment

Jesus Magana
Senior Coordinator, Early College Programs
Welcome to the MXC Early College Page!      
Malcolm X College and the City Colleges of Chicago System are dedicated to creating opportunities for high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit prior to graduating high school.    
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.    
To learn more about Early College, submit the following Inquiry Form.       

Information sessions are held on 7/31, 8/7, 8/14.   
See the academic calendar for SY20-21 here:   
Students must be at least a junior or senior in high school by the time they start a Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment class. If student is younger than 16 and not a high school junior, the student must demonstrate college readiness in Math and Reading/Writing, secure a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, and obtain permission from the College President to participate.    
This opportunity is open to qualifying students from any high school type (CPS, private, parochial, alternative, and/or home-schooled students). In order to be free of charge, students must be residents of Chicago.     
Most courses require that students be college ready as demonstrated by the ACT, SAT, or the CCC Placement Test. (See cutoff scores below). Before taking the test, make sure you prepare (hyperlink RTW & ALEKS preparation documents).    

Early College Process    
Attend an Information Session - 7/31, 8/7, 8/14    
Step 1 - Apply online at  
Be sure to select dual enrollment/credit option and the appropriate term. It is best to use the early college application help guide as reference.     
  • Who must submit an online application?
    • New Students (and students that applied/completed a course prior to FA19) must apply/re-apply at following the same steps in the guide above.
      • Note: It can up to 24-48 hours for your online application to fully process at which point you will receive an email with your CCC ID number and instructions to establish a password for your student portal (
    • Returning Students: If you completed a course in FA19, SP20, or SU20, you will NOT need to re-apply.
      • Note: If you are currently taking a class this SU20 term, the first date you can register for a FA20 class is July 23rd.
    • If you experience any issues with your application, please reach out to​ and/or work with Lisa Ayala.
  • After signing into your student portal (​), access your CCC student email by going to "Quick Access" within the portal or go to the webpage and hover over "Student Tools" and click on email.
Step 2 - Complete your placement exam(s) if you intend on registering for a course that has a prerequisite. There is more information regarding scores at the end of this document.   
  • New Students: Go to the Placement Test tab on your Student Portal ( which will take you to your Brightspace account.
    • See the attached guide to help you navigate this step
  • Returning Students: If you haven't taken an Early College class since SP20, this will need to be added to your Brightspace account manually by our Testing Center. Send an email to (and CC including your name and date of birth to request this.
  • Those looking to take a Math class must also take the ALEKS exam. I have attached instructions on how to access the ALEKS exam
  • If you have qualifying scores from an official ACT/SAT, email (from your email) your Score Report to (and CC to have scores uploaded to your file.  
Step 3 - Submit your Early College documents.  
Email the Dual Enrollment Packet (fillable PDF), HS Transcript, Student ID, and/or Test Scores:  to   
  • Note: Include all the required documentation in the same email message. Include your CCC ID number in the Subject Line and your Full Name and Date of Birth in your Signature/Closing.
Step 4 - RSVP for a Group Registration Session at   
  • Group Registration Sessions will be held on Thursdays at 3pm via Zoom call with Advisors. In order to attend a registration session, a student must have already applied as an early college student at, submitted their ACT/SAT score report or taken the RTW placement exam (and Math if they're looking to take a Math class), and submitted their early college documents to
    • Registration Dates for FA20 term: 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20



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