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SCC Early College


Early College: Start Chasing Your Dreams NOW!

It's the best 2-for-1 we can think of: earning your high school diploma AND an associate degree, all at the same time!

The Early College program is an innovative partnership between Spartanburg Community College and the school districts across Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Participating students receive a high school diploma AND the first two years of transferable college credit or associte degree in preparation for high-growth and high-demand careers. Early College students attend all four years of high school in a college setting. Spartanburg County Early College High School (SCECHS), Viking Early College, and Cherokee County Early College are all within the SCC Early College Program.


Meet Early College Student, Tatum

As a high school senior, Tatum Beck enrolled into the SCC dual enrollment program starting in the fall of 2017. Since then, Tatum has maintained a stellar collegiate GPA, served as a SCC Dual Enrollment Ambassador, and stayed active in the SCC community. Tatum decided to stay at SCC after high school and is looking to earn an Associate of Science degree before continuing her education further.


Early College at SCC helps you:

  • Get a head start on college classes
  • Get college experience while still in high school...
  • Save money on college tuition by graduating quicker.
  • Learn from college instructors


Am I eligible?

Early College Program students must be at least 16 years old and have completed their sophomore year in high school. Students must also meet individual course eligibility requirements based on one or more of the following:

  • ACT minimum score of 22 in math and 19 in English
  • SAT (taken March 2016 or after) minimum score of 580 in math and 510 in Evidence Based Reading and Writing
  • Students with a weighted 3.0 high school GPA may place into dual enrollment courses without taking the college placement test with parental and school superintendent approval indicated on the SCC Early College Permission and Registration Form.  Individual high schools and career/technology centers may adopt additional requirements for placing students in dual enrollment courses.  Students should consult with their high school guidance counselor for more information on what their school requires. 

How can I enroll in the Early College Program?

Talk with your parents or guardian, and meet with a high school guidance counselor to see if Early College is right for you. Contact Early College staff at dualenrollment@sccsc.edu and request more information on the Early College Program or follow the steps to enrollment below.

For more information

Meet with your high school counselor and call Early College staff at (864) 592-4256 or email dualenrollment@sccsc.edu.
Credits earned before high school graduation do not count against semester limits for the LIFE scholarship. 

Review the SCC Early College Handbook (PDF)

Steps to Enroll in Early College Program

Congrats! You're Ready for Classes!