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Early Entry Program

NPRC partners with several local high schools to provide a pathway for eligible high school juniors and seniors to begin taking college-level courses while still in high school. The Early Entry Program is a cost-effective option, helping students get a jump-start on their college education. Additionally, eligible students may enroll in up to six credits in their first term of the Early Entry program. The cost is $60.00 per credit hour, in addition to the cost of textbooks and materials for coursework. There are no institutional fees for early entry students.

What is Early Entry? 

The Early Entry Program at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College is for students who are currently enrolled in a public or private high school, homeschool, or online secondary education school. Additional requirements include: 

  • Successful completion of their sophomore year of high school.
  • A 2.5 cumulative grade-point average or higher. 
  • Completion of an application to NPRC. 
  • Completion of an Early Entry/Dual Enrollment Transcript Request and Enrollment Authorization Form. 

Dual Enrollment Agreements 

Dual Enrollment is an Early Entry Program at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College for students who are concurrently enrolled and pursuing coursework at both NPRC and their local public school district. NPRC has current dual enrollment agreements for the 2022-23 school year with: 

  • Austin Area School District
  • Corry Area School District 
  • Crawford Central School District
  • Forest Area School District
  • Girard Area School District 
  • Otto-Eldred School District
  • Reach Cyber Charter School
  • St. Marys Area School District
  • Tidioute Community Charter School
  • Union City Area School District 
  • Warren Area School District

Following their first successful term, students can choose to take as many as 12 credits each academic term through an Early Entry program at NPRC.

Prior Learning Credits

After completing high school, students may be eligible to request prior learning credit based upon exam scores achieved on Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or International Baccalaureate (IB). Additionally, earned industry recognized credentials may also be presented as evidence to request prior learning credit within select NPRC degree programs. 

Transfer of Early Entry Credits from NPRC 

Students may be eligible to transfer credits from NPRC. Transferability of credits is determined by the receiving institution. Students are encouraged to check with the institution of higher education they wish to attend after high school graduation to ensure the courses taken with NPRC meet transfer and program expectations. Students may be asked to provide a course description and/or syllabus to the institution as part of the credit evaluation.

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