Earn College Credits While in High School

High School CreditCurrent high school students who would like to get a jump on their post-secondary education and start earning college credits can choose from two different programs at the College.

If you already plan to attend college, these programs can help you to complete some of your college requirements before beginning freshman year. The courses that you take at RACC are accredited and will transfer to all four-year public institutions and many private colleges as well.

If you have not really thought about attending college you can use these programs to experience college and make a gradual transition if you decide to pursue a higher education degree. Or, you can use the courses to prepare you for the workplace.

Dual Enrollment and Early Admissions allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. There are distinct differences between the two programs, so please read on to learn which option might be best for you.

Dual Enrollment

RACC has partnered with 14 area high schools to offer college credit for college-level courses students take at their high school. The courses taught at the high school must cover the same competencies as courses taught at RACC and the teacher must meet adjunct faculty qualifications.

Students are eligible to participate in Dual Enrollment based on their PSSA scores and recommendation from their high school guidance counselor or teacher.

If you're interested in Dual Enrollment courses, you should first talk to your guidance counselor to see if your school participates in Dual Enrollment.

Early Admissions

Early Admissions is a program for select high school students who are 16 years or older, in good standing at their high school and score into the college level on the placement test. In this program, current high school students take classes at RACC instead of at their high school.

Interested students must have a recommendation from their guidance counselor, and they are also required to interview with an admissions staff representative who determines their eligibility for the program. Once accepted, students can enroll on a part-time basis by taking no more than two courses each semester.

Visit our Early Admissions page for more details on applying to the program.