Early Admit High School Student
If you are a junior or senior enrolled in a high school or a home school program who wants to take college courses now, take a look at HCC's Early Admit program. This competitive program offers a unique learning experience for motivated students.
You'll have the chance to experience HCC's academic rigor and classroom diversity, while earning both high school and college credit at an affordable price. Whether you opt for a full- or part-time course load, you're considered an HCC student and can take advantage of all our resources and participate in campus activities. The college credit you earn through the Early Admit program transfers to most two-year and four-year colleges, both public and private. There is no application fee to apply to the Early Admit program.
About Early Admit
The Early Admit Program is open to qualified juniors and seniors from participating high schools and home school programs. Some of the many benefits available to Early Admit students include:
- challenging coursework
- a diverse classroom experience
- an affordable start to a university-caliber education
- free access to college clubs and activities, academic support, and all other HCC student services.
Early Admit aims to ease the transition from high school to college. Qualified students get a head start on their college careers, as well as meaningful and challenging academic experiences.
Steps to Enroll
Ask your guidance counselor
If you are enrolled at a high school, the first step is to contact your guidance counselor to inquire about Early Admit partnerships between HCC and your school. Home schooled students should discuss Early Admit opportunities with their primary home school instructor.
Apply to HCC
Applicants must complete the Early Admit application. This is also available at your high school guidance office. The Early Admit application deadline is June 30th for the Fall semester and December 1st for the Spring Semester. Parent/guardian approval is required.
All applicants must submit an official high school transcript, and must have parent/guardian and guidance counselor approval prior to the application deadline. Be sure to have your transcript sent to the HCC Admissions Office, attention: Early Admit,
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040.
Placement testing is required for all Early Admit students. Testing will take place at HCC and applicants must meet the following minimum Accuplacer scores:
- Reading Comprehension 55
- Sentence Skills 60
- Arithmetic 34
In addition, applicants must meet all prerequisite requirements for selected courses.
Early Admit Application Review and Admission
Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students who have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) in high school, meet the placement testing requirements, and are recommended by their high school guidance counselor will be considered for acceptance for full- or part-time enrollment.
New Student Advising and Registration
Once accepted to the Early Admit program, you’ll meet with the Early Admit advisor to review your education plan, choose courses, and register for classes.
Submit Proof of Immunization
Massachusetts law (Chapter 76, Section 15C) requires that all students carrying 12 or more credits must submit proof, within 30 days of registering for courses, of the following immunizations: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella: 2 shots), Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis: must be within last 10 years), Hepatitis B (3 shots), and chickenpox (2 shots). Documentation of positive antibody titers for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella is acceptable. Immunization records can be obtained from your high school, physician’s office, military records, or other colleges attended, and must be submitted to HCC Health Services Office (Frost 105D) for review. If needed, low cost vaccines are available at HCC Health Services.
Orientation & Vehicle Registration
After you meet with your advisor and register for classes, you’ll receive a packet of information in the mail, including the date and time of your orientation. Orientation will cover everything from academic policies to registering your car, accessing the college computer network, locating campus resources and services, and securing a student ID and bus pass. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other students, get familiar with the campus, and pick up your books. Free PVTA bus transportation is available to all day students at HCC. HCC's free shuttle service, La Guagua Pa'l College, provides transportation to and from campus for Holyoke residents between 5-9:30 p.m. Have a car? Free on-campus parking is available to all Early Admit students. Stop by the Office of Public Safety to register and get your parking permit.
Pay Tuition and Fees
Students participating in the Early Admit program will pay current tuition and fees, unless funding is available. They are responsible for all costs associated with their education, which may include books, lab fees, materials and transportation. Current high students are ineligible for financial aid. All Early Admit applicants will be reviewed for eligibility for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Program (CDEP) funds. State funding through CDEP will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Tuition and fees can be paid online at MyHCC, by mail, or in person at the Bursar’s Office. HCC also has a payment plan available.
Get Updates & Print Your Class Schedule
The week before classes begin, logon to MyHCC to check for any changes and print your class schedule.