Early Entry (Dual Enrollment)


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Early Entry Program

NPRC partners with 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, or sometimes referred to as Dual Enrollment, Dual Credit, or College in High School programs, is a cost-effective option, helping students get a jump-start on their college education. Eligible students may enroll in up to six credits in their first term of the Early Entry program. 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. 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.

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What is Early Entry?

The Early Entry Program 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 (or its equivalent)

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.

Parents and students, get answers to frequently asked questions.

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 2023-24 school year with:

Austin Area School District

Corry Area School District

Crawford Central School District

Forest Area School District

Franklin Area School District

Girard School District

Northern Tioga School District

Otto-Eldred School District

Port Allegany School District

Reach Cyber Charter School

St. Marys Area School District

Tidioute Community Charter School

Titusville Area School District

Union City Area School District

Warren County School District

School administrators, teachers, and counselors interested in Dual Enrollment opportunities for your students may complete our Dual Enrollment Survey for the 2023-24 academic year.

Transfer of Early Entry Credits from NPRC

Students may be eligible to transfer credits from NPRC. The 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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Growing up in rural Potter County, Pennsylvania meant if I wanted good educational and employment opportunities, I would have to move. When NPRC started offering classes less than 30 minutes from my home (almost an hour closer than the next closest college), my future was no longer dependent on living in a more urban area. I received a quality education without spending the tens of thousands of dollars on room and board a traditional school would have required. And now, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the team making this story possible for so many other people in rural Pennsylvania. NPRC’s mission is a necessary one, helping serve a part of the population that has lacked affordable and quality higher education for decades. This school helped me avoid debt, find my path in life, and now, I have a job I love and opportunities I never expected.

- Brian, NPRC Graduate

While attending NPRC, I am enrolled in 16 credits and working toward a degree in business administration. This switch is already positively benefitting me as a student. I have been keeping up with classes and shifting out of bad habits that may hinder my success. As someone who is diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD, it sometimes gets hard to effectively communicate. However, NPRC continues to provide opportunities to not only challenge myself, but to help me grow as a student, and more importantly, as a person. NPRC was my second chance. My second chance to help me build myself better, and I feel like my future is already better than what it was before NPRC.

-Noah, Business Administration Student

My time at Northern Pennsylvania Regional College has been a great experience even through the COVID-19 pandemic. Never did I imagine doing a year of college in my own home and still be able to be on the Dean’s List and be extremely proud. I am 39 years of age, and it has taken me this long to attempt college. I have to say that starting college at this age was hard. However, everyone at NPRC has made it easy for me to understand what it means to be studious. You can feel the care that is given to you through the staff at NPRC. The instructors are always willing to help and they will always answer the questions that we have. This college is a great way to get started on your new path through life. There are so many options to pick from if you are undecided.

-Claudia, NPRC Graduate

I started with NPRC right after graduating high school in 2018. I was not sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but the criminal justice field had always piqued my interest. Before finishing my two-year degree with NPRC, I decided to transfer to a four-year university to further my education in both sociology and criminal justice. Without the affordability of NPRC and their knowledgeable staff, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today. I will be graduating from RIT in August of 2022 having majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as having minored in Criminal Justice. I am excited to start a career in the federal Criminal Justice system or within admissions/counseling in higher education. I plan to put myself through law school while working full time after graduating from RIT.

-Ally, Former NPRC Student

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