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Early College Programs


Please be sure to view the Early College Information Webinar: Fall 2023         

Montgomery College PrepTalk, Fall 2022 edition: Focus on Early College Students and their Success

Early College applicaiton links, schedule, deadlines, and other information can be found HERE.  The Early College applicaiton for the 2024-2025 school year closed November 3, 2023.

  • Students completing the Early College Application by November 3, 2023 deadline will be informed of eligibility status from MCPS on or around December 4, 2023
    • Eligible students will receive specific details on requirements to participate and full application process and deadlines​
  • Eligible students will complete the Montgomery College Admissions Application by December 8, 2023
  • All students who properly submit an Early College and Montgomery College Application will be considered a candidate for acceptance and will be notified of their status on or around January 22, 2024

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and Montgomery College (MC) Early College (EC) program is offered at each MC campus, and provides qualified students the opportunity of earning an Associate Degree in a specific content area.  Participating students will complete their 11th and 12th grade years of high school while simultaneously completing their first two years of college as a full time MC student.  They will graduate with an Associate's degree from MC as well as a Maryland State High School diploma.  

To participate in the program students must have at least the following at the time of application (additional requirements vary by degree program):  

  • Be enrolled in 10th grade at an MCPS high school during the current school year;  
  • Passed mathematics and English state assessments; 
  • Completing the required mathematics courses for the pathway and be on track to complete the final semester of the course by the end of the 2nd semester of 10th grade (All pathway programs require at the completion of all semesters of Algebra 2 or higher. Specific pathways require the completion of all semesters Precalculus. Please see the list of Early College pathways HERE for details).
  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application to the program;  
  • Met or be near completion of required SSL hours; 

The tuition, fees, and textbook cost for all courses required for the MC degree and Maryland high school diploma are covered.  

MCPS will provide transportation from various centralized locations to Richard Montgomery High School and then to the Rockville College Campus.  Students may also utilize the Ride-On bus system, or the MC shuttle bus system between campuses, as part of their MC student benefits.  Students may also provide their own transportation. 

All interested MCPS 10th grade students who complete the Early College application by the fall deadline will be invited to participate if they meet all MC requirements and program qualifications, such as testing ready on the ACCUPLACER, passing all mathematic courses, maintaining 2.75 or higher GPA, and others as determined by MC.  Please note seats are limited.  If there are more eligible students who apply than seats available in the program a lottery will conducted.


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