quinebaug valley community college

High School Students

Contact Information

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




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.

The College Career Pathways (CCP) Advantage

CCP provides an opportunity for career exploration.

Benefits include:

  • Free college credits in high school
  • Graduating from high school with a college transcript that can follow you to the college of your choice
  • Saving money on college tuition
  • Career Pathways focuses on career related skills necessary to become prepared for continued education and the competitive job market
  • Prepare for highly skilled, high demand, and high-paying jobs

For more information contact your guidance counselor or Sarah Van Orden, Academic Division Director or Lois Kelley, Assistant to the Dean

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. 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 and a “B” in subject matter
  • Complete the High School Partnership application, available from your guidance office or QVCC Admissions Office, and attach your transcript and immunizations records
  • You must apply for financial aid
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


  • 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

For more information contact Sarah Hendrick, Associate Director of Admissions