Early College Students

If you are an early college high school student and have not taken any college courses since graduating high school, you'll be considered as a first-year or freshman applicant for reporting purposes. While the timing of your high school graduation determines your student type (first-year student), the total amount of your college credit will determine your class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.), which may positively affect things like priority registration, parking privileges and degree program completion. First-year applicants can receive credit for college courses completed during high school as well as AP and IB exam credit. Many of our freshmen enroll with enough credit to be classified as a sophomore or junior.

The amount of college credit that early college students will transfer in upon admission will be determined based on UNCG and state policies.

  • If you are enrolled through a North Carolina community college, we will follow the transfer of course credit policy defined by the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between the UNC system and the NC Community College System.
  • If you are enrolled through a different early college program, we will make transfer decisions on a course-by-course basis.

North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High School Applicants

If you are graduating with an associate degree from a North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High School, you are entitled to receive special admission consideration to all UNC system universities. House Bill 97 Section 11.16.(a) states that you have the option of being considered for admission as a freshman or as a transfer student. [See a list of qualifying Cooperative Innovative High School Programs here.]

We encourage you to weigh your admission options carefully.

  • If you elect to apply as a freshman
    • We will evaluate your application based on a comprehensive review of your standardized test scores, high school grades, and college transcripts. This allows us to get a more comprehensive view of you as a student.
    • You will be eligible to enter through an undecided major and may have more flexibility to change majors later.
    • Our priority freshman admission deadline is December 1, though we accept applications through March
  • If you elect to apply as a transfer student
    • We will evaluate your application based solely on performance in your college coursework.
    • You will be admitted directly into your chosen major, which means you will need to ensure you complete all the required prerequisites during high school.
    • You may be subject to additional limited admission criteria such as auditions, portfolio reviews, interviews, etc.
    • Transfer applicants follow a different admission calendar, typically with later deadlines.

NOTE: Earning an associate degree does not necessarily ensure that you will be able to complete all remaining degree requirements in two years. We suggest reaching out to your intended program to learn more about specific requirements.

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