High School Students: Earn College Credits and Save at MCCC this Summer

3/14/05

High school students who want to get a head start on college can earn credits this summer at Mercer. According to MCCC Director of Admissions Carol Tosh, approximately 100 high schoolers attended Mercer last summer and the numbers have been increasing each year. “We’re seeing more and more students taking summer classes here during their junior and senior years of high school, often earning up to a full semester of college credits before they formally enter college.”

In addition to the obvious academic benefits, there are economic incentives as well. “Our tuition costs are significantly lower than those at a four-year college,” Tosh said.

Many high school students take required freshman-level English and history classes, while others take college-level calculus and more in-depth humanities courses. “They are in class with college-age students, which is a very stimulating experience,” Tosh said. She noted that high school students also benefit from Mercer’s supportive setting, where advisors and tutoring services are readily available. “By taking college classes at Mercer, high school students learn to navigate a college campus and are likely to be more confident in their future college careers.”

Students who have completed at least one year of high school with a “B” average or better are eligible. MCCC advisors are available to help students select courses that can be transferred to either an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Summer 2005 classes are offered days and evenings from May through August. Session A runs from May 23 to June 29 (six-week courses) and from May 23 to July 18 (eight-week courses). Students who enroll in the first summer session typically take evening classes to avoid a conflict with their high school schedule. Session B is held from July 5 to August 10 (six-week courses) and from June 15 to August 10 (eight-week courses.)

Registration for summer classes is under way. To learn more, call (609) 586-0505.

For course information visit MCCC Summer Courses (Click on "Search for Open Courses") or see "Jump Start" College for High School Students.

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