Students who wish to be familiar with AACC’s general statements for High School/Dual-Enrolled Student Admissions may refer to the information listed below. Should you have a question about International Admissions, our Admissions Advisors are happy to help.
General Statements for Admissions of High School/Dual-Enrolled Students
Individuals may benefit from a college experience prior to completing high school graduation requirements. Five distinct programs are available to accommodate these individuals: Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Credit, Early College Access, Early Admission and Gifted and Talented.
Although applications to the college are accepted on an ongoing basis, students should begin the application process early to ensure appropriate documents, testing and course selection are completed. Students should complete the application process at least 30 days prior to the start of classes each term. See the Admissions Procedures that follow for information on how to apply for any Early College Access program.
Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent Enrollment allows qualified students (age 16 or older) to enroll in a limited number of courses at the college while completing high school graduation requirements.
Dual Credit - Dual Credit is a program jointly sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and the Anne Arundel County Public High Schools. This program allows students to take a college course and earn both college and high school credit. With permission from an Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) and approval of a parent or guardian of a current Anne Arundel County Public High School student, who is 16 years of age by the first day of Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) classes, may enroll in dual-credit courses offered by AACC from the list of courses approved by AACPS. To qualify for equated high school credit, at the time of registration a student must submit to AACC a dual-credit permission form that specifies both the course for which enrollment is requested and identifies the equated high school credit. Upon successful course completion the student will earn college credit and AACPS will be provided an official grade report.
Early College Access - Early College Access is a program jointly sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College and the Anne Arundel County Public High Schools. This program allows students 16 years of age or older to begin exploring college-level courses and programs while they are still in high school. Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) students, with the submission of an Early College Access Program form, will no longer be charged Early College Access tuition and fees. Other Early College Access participants may qualify to receive a discount for up to 50 percent of their tuition costs. Please refer to Tuition Waivers and Reductions section of this catalog. Eligible students may take regular college classes that will complement their high school schedules. Visit the Early College Access Program website for more information.
Early Admission - High school students with a 3.0 grade point average at the end of their junior year may apply for early admission to Anne Arundel Community College with permission from their high school. Requirements for high school graduation may be completed at the college during the summer term following the junior year or may be fulfilled by successfully completing the first year of college. Students seeking early admission should follow the procedures listed in this section and consult with their high school counselors to ensure their planned college program will satisfy the requirements for a high school diploma.
Gifted and Talented Program - The college Gifted and Talented program is the only program in which students under age 16 may be eligible to take college credit courses. This program is for students who have been identified as having exceptional academic or fine arts talent. Students under 16 years of age who have completed seventh grade or the equivalent may be allowed to take college-level classes in academic or fine arts subjects not available at their schools through the college’s Gifted and Talented program. Students admitted to the Gifted and Talented program shall not be allowed to enroll in physical education courses and/or HEA 100 .
Admissions Procedures - Students interested in Early College Access programs are required to meet with an advisor and submit the following to the Admissions and Enrollment Development office:
- an application for admission;
- an official high school transcript or grade report;
- SAT, ACT or Anne Arundel Community College assessment test scores (note: required for any college course); and
- a completed Early College Access Application form.
This form gives permission by signature for release time and lists courses from the college catalog approved by the parent(s), school official (high school guidance counselor or principal or in the case of home school, the director of the sponsoring home school program) and the college. This form is available at high school guidance offices, the college Admissions and Enrollment Development office and the Early College Access website.
Recommendations for the Gifted and Talented program are screened by representatives of the Admissions and Enrollment Development office and related academic department(s). Then an interview with the nominee will be arranged. If a student is nominated for courses in fine arts (art, music and theater), the student may be asked to audition or to present a portfolio of work. The final decision to admit a student is made by the Gifted and Talented Team.
For information and copies of the policies and procedures, call the Admissions and Enrollment Development office at 410-777-2246.
Noncredit Gifted and Talented Courses
The college and the Anne Arundel County Board of Education co-sponsor noncredit gifted and talented courses, EXPLORE and Middle School Scholars, specifically designed for students, grades K-8. For information visit www.aacc.edu/kic/gifted.