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Deadline approaches for high school students to apply for Carroll College “Early Access” program

Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 19:58:17-05

The deadline is Friday, December 14th, for Helena area students to get their completed application turned in if they want to be in Carroll College’s next semester of Early Access.

The program is a partnership with Helena schools to give high school juniors and seniors the chance to take courses for college credit.

Interim Director of Admissions Laurie Rodriguez says students need a 3.25 grade point average to qualify and it’s a simple application process.

“It’s a one page application with a little bit of information, biographical information about the student, it asks them what classes they want to take and order of preference and students have the ability to choose up to three that we have offered for the spring semester.  And they just need a signature from a parent or guardian and a school official, a principal or guidance counselor,” says Rodriguez.

Of their three choices, students can take a maximum of two courses.

Here’s a look at some of the dates for spring semester Early Access at Carroll:

Applications are due to Carroll College admissions by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14th.

Orientation for accepted students will take place January 8th.

And classes begin January 14th.

There were 90 high school students enrolled in the fall semester of the Early Access program.

  • Reported by Melissa Jensen

You can learn more about the program at the Carroll website, including this overview:

The Carroll Early Access program provides an authentic, on-campus college experience for local Helena students tuition-free. High school juniors and seniors may take up to two classes per semester from the approved course list. Most courses are three credits but those that offer a lab component will be four credits. Classes will be taught by Carroll’s outstanding professors and you will learn alongside current Carroll students on Carroll’s campus. Students who complete the courses will receive Carroll College credits, which can be used at Carroll to pursue a future degree or transferred to another institution. While tuition is free, there is a nominal $60 student fee per semester and some classes have an additional course fee (such as labs) to cover supplies. In addition to these fees, students are responsible for the purchase of their own books and supplies. Families are responsible for the student’s transportation to and from campus.