Early College Entrance Programs Law and Legal Definition

Early college entrance programs are educational opportunities for groups of gifted students that allow them to be accelerated into college one or more years before the traditional age of college entrance. These programs provide their students with a social support network and help in dealing with the adjustment. Early college entrance programs differ from dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs, which are alternative methods of earned college credits while in high school. These early entrance programs routinely admit large groups of students and provide social support.