Let’s face it—some high school students are ready for college before that final bell rings on their senior year. This does not always have to do with intellect either.
There are numerous reasons why an individual student might want to get into college faster than everyone else. The reasons range from athletics, to a pursuit of the arts, to a simple desire to enter the professional a bit faster due to maturity level.
Whatever the case might be, consider the following four ways to enter college faster than everyone else.
Concurrent Enrollment Options
There are many community colleges across the country that will actually work with local high schools in terms of providing introductory courses that can be completed right at the local campus. Depending on your location, this might mean an actual high school class being taken on campus. You will get credit for your high school graduation, while at the same time earning an equivalent credit for college.
This is a great deal and it makes use of the principal that many junior and senior level courses in high school contain much of the same material as that being taught at the community college level. You can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, by taking part in this program if it is available to you.
Online High School Classes
If you are looking to get some high school classes out of the way so that you can graduate early, online education is the way to go. This is a way to possibly reduce your schedule on campus, allowing you to take part in outside activities and work obligations, while attending class online at a time that is convenient to you. This is also a great way to get some credits out of the way during the summertime, thereby speeding up your high school graduation date.
Some states even let you get a high school diploma online. If you are self-motivated and do not depend on the social structure that your local high school campus provides, this could be an option for you to consider.
Summer School at the Local College
If you are a junior or senior in high school, many community colleges will allow you to take a few courses during the summer. This is a great way to get a head start on the college experience and be a few credits ahead of everyone else when your collegiate career begins in earnest. Consider enrolling in a few introductory levels courses that will be required to graduate in order to get those out of the way.
There are quite a few college courses that can be tested out of. If you are doing well in a certain area in high school, just study up and take the test when you are ready. If you get a high enough score, most schools will give you full credit for the course and you will not have to take it. Not only will this save you a lot of time, it can save you and your parents a great deal of money in the long run.
These are just four ways to get a jump start on your college career. There are others out there as well. The key is to enjoy your youth, but also to exercise your desire to further your education. If you have the passion for excellence, there is no reason why you should have to wait for the traditional time to get your high school diploma and then start college. Now is the time to go for it!