The Early College Program Spring 2020 retention rate is 94%.
50% of students who graduate from the Early College Program enroll at Georgia State University.
90% of the Georgia State University Early College Program graduates are accepted to Georgia State University.
“We have so many of our students that have said that college was not on their list of things to do in life. But, because of the Early College Program, now they can see themselves as college students.”
Tene Davis, Associate Director
Of the Georgia State University Early College Program graduates are accepted to Georgia State University.
What is the Early College Program?
Early College high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. The Early College Program at partner high schools blends high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. The program allows its students, from selected Early College partner high schools, to enroll in classes at Georgia State University. Students may earn a high school diploma with the potential to earn two years of college credits towards a bachelor’s degree. This rigorous program requires that students possess a high degree of academic potential and maturity.
What are some of the key features of the Early College Program?
Mandatory study sessions
Mandatory community service
2-3 Georgia State University classes each semester
On-going parent engagement opportunities
What is the structure of the GSU EC program?
During the school year, the students attend Georgia State University during their regular school hours on the days designated by their local high school. Most of our students go to their home school first and are then transported (via school buses) to the Georgia State University campus by 9:30am. At the end of the day, usually 4pm, the school buses come back to the Georgia State University campus to pick up the students and take them back to their respective high schools.
If my child/ student is not a student at a Georgia State University Early College partner high school, can they still be a part of the Georgia State University Early College Program?
No, however your child/student can participate in the 2022 Early College Summer Enrichment program. Please see tab above for more information on the Early College Summer Enrichment Program.
In addition, you can contact your high school’s administration for more information on the process to become Early College partner high school.
If a high school student participates in the Early College Program, are they guaranteed a spot as a Georgia State University student?
No, however all students in the program get support applying to Georgia State University. Students in our program have an acceptance rate that is above 90% and your yield rate (percentage of students who enroll at Georgia State University upon high school graduation) is 50%.
How can educator and parents/care givers prepare students to be a part of the Early College Program?
At the high school students must have a 2.75 GPA, 90% attendance and a recommendation from their high school counselor. Focusing on support students in these areas can greatly help students prepare to be a part of this program.
What are the Georgia State University Early College partner high schools?
How can my high school become a Georgia State University Early College partner high school?
A MOU between Georgia State University and your district and/or high school must be developed. Please contact your high school administration for more information on that process.
Thank you to all who participated in the previous years of our Early College Summer program!
They have all been great successes.
Our program is open to all metro Atlanta students. In four weeks, our students gain what they need to be successful as they start their college experiences. They’ll learn academic, cultural and social skills through course work and field trips.
Early College Summer Program students take college-level math, English and social science classes. In addition, they’ll take courses in the following:
- study skills
- financial literacy
- how to become a successful college student
- coding, art, and film
Our on-campus summer program gives them the experience of what it’s like to be at the university. They’ll learn to navigate the campus, experience downtown Atlanta, and interact with other college students.
Early College Summer Program students also go on field trips to:
- Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama
- Junior Achievement at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta
- and… a surprise, out-of-town, fun-filled trip
College-bound high school students will get a huge head start from this extraordinary experience.
We’ll see you in 2022!
Details of the Early College Summer Program
Monday June 6, 2022- July 1, 2022 (dates are tentative)
$650 per student
$150 deposit due April 2022
$500 remaining balance due May 2022
What the cost covers:
Four-week on-campus programming at Georgia State University including: a monthly MARTA card, daily lunch, two field trips and all books, materials and initial supplies.
Please note, this is an on-campus daytime experience. Your student will not remain on campus overnight.
Monday – Friday: 8– 3 p.m.
After acceptance into the Early College Summer Program parents will receive:
- A website link for payment — the URL comes to you in an acceptance confirmation email
- Please note: You can only pay online. In person payments are not accepted.
Are scholarships available?
There are limited need-based scholarships available.
Who can I contact for more information?
Explore The Early College Summer Enrichment Program
2022 Early College Summer Enrichment Key Dates
Dates: Monday, June 2022 –
(Mandatory Parent Meeting – May 2022, 10am and 6:30pm at Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development, 30 Pryor St. Atlanta, GA 30303. Room TBA)
Deadline: $150 Deposit due April 5th
$500 Remaining balance due May 2022
2021 Early College Student Voices
College of Education & Human Development
Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence
30 Pryor St. SW
Suite 350 (3rd floor)
Atlanta, GA 30303
Alonzo A. Crim Center for Educational Excellence
P.O. Box 3976
Atlanta, GA 30302-3976