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Colleges Offering Early Admission to High School Juniors

Typically, the term “early admission” refers to high school seniors who apply in the fall and receive a decision by the holidays rather than waiting until the regular round with a springtime notification. Yet, for the most precocious and ambitious high school students, some U.S. colleges allow juniors to apply with an eye toward beginning their college career at the commencement of their senior year. For example, the University of Southern California accepts a select group of 11th grade students each year into their Resident Honors Program—students then begin completing college coursework as seniors. Worcester Polytechnic Institute allows roughly 100 high school students per year to take college courses through its Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science. Clarkson University’s Early College Program affords accepted seniors with the opportunity to take a full freshman college credit load while completing 12th grade. In the following chart, College Transitions has compiled a comprehensive list of colleges and universities that will offer early admission to the most qualified and highly motivated high school juniors.

InstitutionEarly Admit - High School Juniors
Albion CollegeYes
Allegheny CollegeYes
Amherst CollegeYes
Auburn UniversityYes
Barnard CollegeYes
Baylor UniversityYes
Beloit CollegeYes
Birmingham Southern CollegeYes
Boston UniversityYes
Bowdoin CollegeYes
CUNY, Baruch CollegeYes
Carnegie Mellon UniversityYes
Centre CollegeYes
Christopher Newport UniversityYes
Clark UniversityYes
College of CharlestonYes
College of William and MaryYes
College of the Holy CrossYes
Drake UniversityYes
Duquesne UniversityYes
Florida Atlantic UniversityYes
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityYes
Florida International UniversityYes
Florida State UniversityYes
George Mason UniversityYes
George Washington UniversityYes
Georgia Institute of TechnologyYes
Georgia State UniversityYes
Gettysburg CollegeYes
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeYes
Harvard UniversityYes
Harvey Mudd CollegeYes
Haverford CollegeYes
Hofstra UniversityYes
Hope CollegeYes
Juniata CollegeYes
Knox CollegeYes
Lafayette CollegeYes
Lawrence UniversityYes
Lehigh UniversityYes
Loyola Marymount UniversityYes
Macalester CollegeYes
Messiah CollegeYes
Middlebury CollegeYes
Morehouse CollegeYes
Mount Holyoke CollegeYes
New College of FloridaYes
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyYes
Northwestern UniversityYes
Penn State UniversityYes
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteYes
Rhodes CollegeYes
Rollins CollegeYes
SUNY University at BuffaloYes
SUNY, GeneseoYes
SUNY, New PaltzYes
SUNY, University at AlbanyYes
Sewanee: University of the SouthYes
Skidmore CollegeYes
Smith CollegeYes
St. John's College, AnnapolisYes
St. John's College, Santa FeYes
Swarthmore CollegeYes
Towson UniversityYes
Union CollegeYes
University of AlabamaYes
University of ArizonaYes
University of DelawareYes
University of GeorgiaYes
University of Illinois, Urbana ChampaignYes
University of IowaYes
University of KansasYes
University of MaineYes
University of Mary WashingtonYes
University of MarylandYes
University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyYes
University of MiamiYes
University of MississippiYes
University of North Carolina at WilmingtonYes
University of North TexasYes
University of PennsylvaniaYes
University of PittsburghYes
University of Rhode IslandYes
University of ScrantonYes
University of South FloridaYes
University of Southern CaliforniaYes
University of TennesseeYes
University of Texas at DallasYes
University of UtahYes
University of WashingtonYes
Wake Forest UniversityYes
Wellesley CollegeYes
Wesleyan UniversityYes
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaYes
Whitman CollegeYes
Williams CollegeYes
Wittenberg UniversityYes
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteYes