High School Students

  • A Great Place to Launch a Great Future

  • Not only do we guide you on your personalized academic path every step of the way, tuition at Carroll is a fraction of the cost of most four-year schools in Maryland. And transferring to a four-year school is easier with your associates degree from Carroll.

    To enroll, follow the 6 steps to becoming a Carroll student.  

    If you are a current high school student wanting to get a head-start on college by attending Carroll before you graduate, consider one of following: 

    1. Dual Enrollment

      Spend half the day in high school and the other half taking college classes. It's a great way to get a jump on college and prepare for your first college year.

      NEW! $500 JUMP START AWARD - High school students who, while dually enrolled at Carroll, have earned a minimum of six college credits with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to receive this scholarship when they pursue an Associate’s degree at Carroll.

      Steps to apply for dual enrollment (Carroll County Public School Students):

      1. Schedule an appointment for a planning conference with your high school guidance counselor. 
      2. Complete the credit enrollment application.
      3. Take the reading, English and math placement tests.
      4. Register for classes by meeting with an admissions counselor. You must have your dual enrollment application at the time of registration. The Admissions Office will complete this form and you will return the dual enrollment application to your high school guidance counselor for final approval.

      Tuition Payments

      Dually enrolled students are not eligible for financial aid, but are eligible to utilize the FACTS tuition payment plan, which allows payments to be made in monthly installments.

      Carroll County Public Schools approved students are eligible for discounted tuition up to four classes while in high school.


      We highly recommend preparing for the placement tests. At the time of testing, you need to provide a completed enrollment application signed by your parent/guardian. 

      If you have taken the SATs or ACTs, a 530+ SAT math or 480+ Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score or a 21+ ACT math, verbal or English score can exempt you for the math, reading and English placement tests. A math SAT score of 570+ or ACT 24+ will provide placement into pre-calculus. Although, those higher level math courses may still require math placement testing regardless of SAT or ACT scores. You will need to provide documentation of your scores.

      Walk-in placement testing is available daily. Exceptions exist for holidays and final exams. View our Testing Center's hours.

      Check-in for placement testing at the Admissions office (A101) or by calling 410-386-8430. There is no fee for your initial placement test. Photo ID is required at the time of testing.

      Gifted and Talented

      Gifted and talented admission is selective. To be considered, you must be 16 years or younger, have a record of academic success and demonstrate your ability to handle college level coursework.


      1. Complete the seventh grade.
      2. Submit the free credit enrollment application.
      3. Submit official school transcripts from previous and current schools.
      4. Show satisfactory scores on the college placement tests in reading, English and math. 
      5. Provide evidence of "Gifted and Talented" status. As defined by Carroll County, Gifted and Talented students score in the 96th percentile by age on one or more of the following tests: Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills, Test of Cognitive Skills, WISC III, California Achievement Test or document a composite SAT score of 1200 or above. *
      6. Provide letters of support from a school official. If you are a home-schooled student, provide a letter of support from a reliable reference who can attest to your adaptability, maturity level and ability to succeed in a college environment.
      7. Submit the Statement of Understanding signed by a parent/guardian.
      8. Meet with the director of admissions or a designated professional in the admissions office to complete your first advising session with a parent/guardian for final approval.

      Prior to turning 16, you must place into college level coursework to be approved for enrollment. Most students take the college placement tests to qualify.

      All required documents must be submitted and evaluations must be completed at least two weeks before starting the semester.

      * College placement test scores can be used to determine admission eligibility if 96th percentile evidence cannot be provided.

      Early Admissions

      If you qualify, you can bypass your senior year of high school and start college sooner. To qualify, you need to be able to show a record of above average high school academic achievement record, typically defined as a "B" grade point average or better.

      Here are the steps to gain early admission to Carroll.

      1. Meet with a high school official in your junior year to discuss your intention to enroll at Carroll.
      2. Submit the credit enrollment application, official high school transcript, written authorization for a waiver from a high school official and SAT/ACT scores, if available.
      3. In lieu of SAT/ACT scores, college placement tests are accepted. Walk-in hours are available for placement testing.  

      Once you have been approved for early admission you need to:

      1. Meet with an admissions counselor to select courses.
      2. Finalize your registration in the records office.
      3. Apply for financial aid if you have earned your high school diploma or GED.
      4. Pay the cashier or choose to be billed.

      Home School Students

      Get a jump on your college education at Carroll. You may attend and earn college credits toward a degree if you are at least 16 years old, meet the college's admissions criteria and complete the following steps.

      1. Complete and return the credit enrollment application.
      2. Submit a copy of your high school transcript.
      3. Complete placement testing.
      4. Meet with an admissions counselor to select courses.
      5. Finalize your registration in the records office.
      6. Pay the cashier or choose to be billed.

      Tuition Discount
      The Carroll County Commissioners have provided, in their Fiscal Year 2018 Budget, one time funds to support a 25% tuition discount for Home Schooled and Private School students. 

      Carroll County Public Schools' Articulation

      If you have completed any of the follow Career Connections programs, Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) vocational programs, you may receive credit at Carroll.

      • Accounting/Financial Services
      • Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science
      • Early Childhood Education
      • Teacher Academy of Maryland
      • Computer Technology
      • Drafting
      • Print Production

      Speak with the guidance counselors at your high school or Career and Tech Center to obtain proof of completion and an articulation form. High school grade and attendance restrictions apply. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must have completed your CCPS program within the last two years.

      View the  college catalog for specific course information.

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      Call the Admissions Office at  
      or email admissions@carrollcc.edu.


      (no appointment required):

      Monday – Thursday: 
      8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
      8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

      Note: New students should arrive one hour prior to closing to register