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Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

What is Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students?
    Qualified high school seniors are invited to participate in the Concurrent Enrollment Program at
Mercer County Community College. We offer the following types of concurrent enrollment for high school students:

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Dual Enrollment Program:

This program allows students to complete up to 12 MCCC credits during their senior year of high school. Credits earned through the Dual Enrollment Program may be used toward high school and/or college requirements. This program was developed in response to the 12th Grade Option initiated by the New Jersey Department of Education. *Through Dual Enrollment, students are able to take courses at MCCC while they are in their senior year at the high school. This program provides a unique opportunity to experience college courses, enhance their educational experience and prepare for the academic rigor of college.

*Certain high schools may allow qualified juniors to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program.

Why Dual Enrollment?
Taking Mercer County Community College courses while in high school can defray the total cost of attending college. Credits earned through dual enrollment can be used toward degree requirements at MCCC and/or, depending on the program of study, transferred to a four-year college or university. The Dual Enrollment Program enables students to accelerate their college career. Students enrolled in this program may enter their freshman year of college with advanced academic standing.

To participate in the Dual Enrollment Program, high school students must:

  • Attend a high school that participates in the Dual Enrollment Program
  • Have the permission of their high school
  • Have senior status (certain high schools may allow qualified juniors to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program)
  • Submit the online Admissions Application. Please be sure to pick “Concurrent High School” as your Admit Type.
  • Take the ACCUPLACER placement test or submit SAT / ACT scores.
  • A score of 540 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT or 21 or higher on the English portion of ACT exempts you from the verbal portion of the placement test.
  • A score of 530 or higher on the math portion of the SAT exempts or 21 or higher on the Math portion of ACT exempts you from the math portion of the placement test.
  • Complete and submit the Concurrent Enrollment Registration Form and submit to the Admissions Office.
  • Be responsible for all costs associated with the Dual Enrollment Program including tuition, books, fees, and course materials
  • Provide their own transportation to and from Mercer County Community College
  • Be held to the terms and conditions of the Mercer County Community College Student Conduct Code and Student Integrity Code
  • Adhere to the Mercer County Community College and high school academic calendars

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"Jump Start" Program:

Mercer County Community College welcomes high school seniors and juniors presently enrolled in any High School, and home schooled residents, to apply to MCCC’s Jump Start Program. The following criteria apply:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older and have completed the equivalent of 10th grade.
  • Applicants to the program must be recommended by and have written approval from their High School Guidance Counselor and parent/legal guardian. In the case of home schooled students, written approval of a parent/legal guardian will suffice.
  • Applicants will be allowed to enroll in no more than two college level courses during any term under the guidelines of Mercer County Community College prerequisite and co-requisite system. Applicants may not enroll in selective admissions programs.
  • Applicants must meet minimum proficiency requirements on the placement tests or SATs or ACTs. To continue in the program, the student must maintain a minimum term GPA of 2.0 at the College.
  • Jump Start students will be designated as non-degree students until they meet the College’s admission requirements for a degree student.
  • Submit the online Admissions Application. Please be sure to pick “Concurrent High School” as your Admit Type.
  • Students are required to submit a completed Concurrent Enrollment Registration Form for each and every semester they wish to enroll through the Jump Start Program. This document will be required in order for the Jump Start Student to register for classes. Download the Concurrent Enrollment Registration Form and submit it to the Admissions Office.
  • If a student has completed coursework through the Jump Start Program and wishes to enroll in a degree or certificate program upon completion of high school graduation, they must contact the Admissions Office to obtain and complete a Change of Program Form.

For more information regarding the Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students programs, please contact Christopher Freihaut at freihauc@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3244.

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