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Early College Program - Central Virginia Community College

Early College Program

General Studies
Associate of Arts and Sciences

The Early College Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors who have exhibited the dedication to academics necessary to succeed in a more rigorous program. These individuals are driven to excellence and welcome the challenge of tackling a college curriculum while completing their secondary education requirements. They are on the fast track to success and an Early College Degree is all the motivation needed to boost their efforts.

The Early College Program provides an opportunity for these students to receive their high school diploma and their Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies from CVCC at the same time. The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies is a flexible program for those who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Early College curriculum includes a distribution of general education courses which are usually required in the first two years of many baccalaureate programs.

Students successfully completing all course requirements will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies from CVCC. Although earning an associate degree does not always guarantee junior status at a four-year college or university, Early College graduates may be prepared to enter as third-year students at many four-year colleges or universities. Early College students are strongly urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and to consult with an advisor at the four- year institution for further transfer assistance.

The Early College Program varies among school districts. Students interested in the program are encouraged to speak with a guidance counselor at their high school or contact an academic counselor at CVCC for additional information. Students must apply for admission into the Early College Program through their local high school and are subject to a screening process designed by the school district to determine eligibility.

Home school students may also take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Early College program. Home school students interested in the Early College program are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor at CVCC concerning eligibility requirements, the application process and for additional information.


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Community College

3506 Wards Road
Lynchburg VA 24502-2498

Phone: 434.832.7800

Located in Amherst, Room 2100