High School Based Early College Experience | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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High School Based Early College Experience


Through the high school based Early College Experience program, high school students can take college-level courses in their own high school or participate in courses on the NWACC campus. 

To be eligible, students must reach the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in grades 9 -12
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 for transfer or general education courses
  • Have appropriate placement scores on the ACT, Accuplacer Next Generation, Accuplacer Classic, ASPIRE 10 or SAT
  • Have approval from high school Counselor

Early College Experience

Students can obtain high school and college credit for courses within the following divisions:

  • English Composition
  • College Algebra, Finite Math, Trigonometry
  • Public Speaking
  • U.S. History
  • Psychology
  • Other courses upon request from high schools
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Why Take College Courses

There are many advantages to getting a jump start on your college education while in high school - save time, gain experience, and much more.  

About Taking College Courses

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Succeed in College Classes

College classes can be challenging, but we've provided tips that will help you prepare and succeed. 

How to Succeed

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Cost, Payment & Transfer Credits

Questions about tuition and college credits as a high school student answered here.

College Costs and Credits

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Information for Parents 

Enroll your high school student with confidence. Find answers to many of your questions here. 

More Information

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 Apply Now!

Ready to begin your college journey? Learn more about our application process here. 

Application Process