Main Content

Student Services - Early College Pathway through GCC

Catalog and Student Handbook

The Early College Program is an academic advancement plan in which high school students can earn a General Studies Associate Degree (62 credits) or a General Education Certificate (33 credits) concurrently. The Early College curriculum includes a distribution of general education courses which are usually required in the first two years of many baccalaureate programs.

Credit awarded for applicable dual enrollment courses, joint enrollment college courses taken on campus, Advanced Placement courses with qualifying exam scores of three or higher, or qualifying International Baccalaureate scores may be applied toward attainment of the aforementioned credentials. Early College students can take full advantage of Germanna’s tutoring, library resources, advising and other support services.

The Early College Program varies among school districts, depending on their Dual Enrollment/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate offerings. Students interested in the program are encouraged to speak with a guidance counselor at their high school or contact an academic counselor at GCC for additional information. Students must follow the Steps for Admission for GCC’s Early College and are required to complete an Early College Orientation session on campus at GCC prior to enrollment. The program begins with on campus courses in the summer prior to junior year.

Prospective Early College students are strongly urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and to consult with an advisor at the four- year institution for further transfer assistance prior to entering the Early College Program. Each four-year college or university will make its own determination regarding the transfer status of Early College students.