quinebaug valley community college

High School Students

Contact Information

Office of College Admissions
860.932.4002
C129 Danielson
Sarah Hendrick
Associate Director of Admissions
860.932.4096

 

 

 

Credit Programs for High School Students

High School studentsCongratulations for choosing to start your college career while still in high school. There a number of different ways you can earn college credits.

Fast Track to College (FTC)

FTC provides an opportunity for career exploration and for students to earn college credits from taking classes in their high schools. Please check with QVCC or your high school to find out if Fast Track is happening at your high school.

Benefits include:

  • All approved courses are offered at the high school during normal school hours and are taught by your high school teachers who have been certified by QVCC
  • Most courses will be available to high school juniors and seniors although some will be available as early as freshman year
  • You will be able to earn up to 30 college credits at little to no cost
  • Graduating from high school with a college transcript that can follow you to QVCC or another college of your choice
  • Saving money on college tuition
  • Many Fast Track courses focus on career related skills necessary to become prepared for continued education and the competitive job market

For more information contact your guidance counselor or Sarah Van Orden, Academic Division Director

High School Partnership Program (HSP)

If you are a high school junior or senior student from a participating HSP school, you can take college courses (fall and spring) – free of charge. QVCC waives the tuition and fees for enrolled HSP students. These courses can be used at QVCC toward a degree or certificate or transferred to another college after your high school graduation. You are responsible for the cost of books and supplies for the classes, as well as for transportation.

You must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative scholastic average of 80 or “B-” overall
  • Complete the High School Partnership application, available from your guidance office or QVCC Admissions Office
  • Be recommended by your guidance counselor
  • Take the Basic Skills Assessment for placement and acceptance into the program; the test may be waived if you provide SAT or ACT results with appropriate scores. Please note: We currently use GPA for course placement and the Assessment test is not required at this time. 
  • Meet with an admissions staff member at QVCC for advisement and to select an appropriate course

High School Partnership slots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can use these classes towards a QVCC degree or certificate or can transfer the course to another college or university.

For more information contact your guidance counselor or Sarah Hendrick, Associate Director of Admissions.

Early Admission of High School Students

If you demonstrate sufficient academic ability and maturity, you may be considered for enrollment in credit courses on a full-paying basis.

You must:

  • Complete the application for admission and are required to take the Basic Skills Assessment prior to acceptance. Please note: We currently use GPA for course placement and the Assessment test is not required at this time. 
  • Satisfy all prerequisites
  • Register for a maximum of two college classes

For more information contact your guidance counselor or Sarah Hendrick, Associate Director of Admissions

Running Start

Is Running Start for you? This program is designed to allow a senior in high school to finish their high school graduation requirements through enrollment in college courses at QVCC. Students typically enroll at QVCC as full-time students in both the fall and spring semester so they can get a jump start with their college career while simultaneously completing high school requirements. However, students can participate in Running Start on a part-time basis as well.

Requirements:

  • You can participate for the full academic year or for the spring semester only
  • The program is a partnership between QVCC, the high school you attend, and the student/parents
  • You can complete your first year of college (30 credits) at the time of high school graduation
  • Your earned credits can be used toward completing a degree at QVCC and/or can be transferred to another college or university after completion of the program
  • Have a minimum cumulative scholastic average of 80 or “B-” overall
  • Complete the Running Start application, available from your guidance office or QVCC Admissions Office
  • Be recommended by your guidance counselor
  • Take the Basic Skills Assessment for placement and acceptance into the program; the test may be waived if you provide SAT or ACT results with appropriate scores. Please note: We currently use GPA for course placement and the Assessment test is not required at this time. 
  • Meet with an admissions staff member at QVCC for advisement and to select an appropriate course

For more information contact Sarah Hendrick, Associate Director of Admissions