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Early College Programs for High School Students



High school students may have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses before graduation.  This can reduce both the amount of time and money needed to complete your two-year and four-year degree.  In addition, students that earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school and continue through college.  Students at participating high schools may elect to take a CCC college course at their school; or students can take a class at one of the seven CCC campuses while they are still enrolled in high school.     



In order to be eligible for early college credit, high school junior and senior students must be college-ready as demonstrated by the ACT, or the COMPASS placement test.  The COMPASS placement test may be taken at college testing centers. Set up an appointment with a college advisor to take advantage of the programs below.  Before taking the test, make sure you prepare.       

​Math ​English
​ACT Score ​21+ (Math section) ​19+ (Reading section) AND 21+(English section)
​Algebra Score of 43+ ​Reading Score of 80+
e-Write Score of 8+
Simple Process
  1. Apply to the college - Admission
  2. Go through our checklist to get your materials ready - Checklist
  3. Fill out a permission form - Permission Form
  4. Contact an advisor and take the COMPASS test if necessary (below).
  5. Pick your course - Spring 2014 Schedule
  6. ​    

Descriptions of each one of our early college areas is below:      


Dual Enrollment

High school students that are college eligible may enroll in classes at one of the City Colleges of Chicago.  There are 100 seats available at each campus every semester including summer.  Students in dual enrollment frequently enroll in English, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, and Literature. Participating students receive college credit for their work.   Come to one of our campuses for an information session to learn more and complete the registration process. Click here for dates and times.  

Students enrolled at Truman College and Kennedy-King College get a ​free textbook in addition to the free tuition for their Dual Enrollment course. Contact the Dual Enrollment Adviser at Truman or Kennedy-King to learn more. ​  


Dual​ Credit

The City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with a number of high schools to offer college credit classes at the high school.  Participating students will receive both college and high school credit for their work. Current dual credit offerings are in General Education Math and English.  High Schools interested in becoming a Dual Credit partner should contact City Colleges of Chicago for details.  Please click here for the 2014-15 Dual Credit application due December 2nd. 


Articulation - Credit for Prior Learning

High school students may be able to receive college credit for work that was completed in high school.  The City Colleges of Chicago is working with Chicago Public Schools to create articulation agreements in Career and Technical Education (CTE) areas.  Upon successful completion of their high school course work, students may receive college credit upon enrollment at the City Colleges of Chicago.    


Faculty & Staff

CCC Campus      
DE Representatives      
Phone Number      
Fax Number      
Daley College       
Harold Washington College       
Kim Bowens       
Kennedy- King College      
Malcolm X College       
Olive- Harvey College      
Holly Thrash
Truman College       
Meg Brooks     
Wright College       

Contact Information

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Chicago, IL 60606
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