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Early College Degree Program

Early College Degree Program

What is the Early College Degree Program?

The Early College Degree Program (ECDP), formerly Middle College, is a full-time dual enrollment opportunity designed for college-ready high school students. ECDP students spend their junior and/or senior years at Hagerstown Community College (HCC), enrolled in at least 12 college credits each semester.

Participation in the Early College Degree Program replaces the students’ high school day. ECDP students report to the HCC campus each day, check-in for attendance, and complete other activities required by the program staff.

Students in the ECDP are often able to complete the requirements for an associate degree by the time that they graduate from high school. Students pursuing degree completion should apply for the program during their sophomore year of high school. Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), private school, and home school students are eligible to apply for this program.

Steps to Apply

Application Deadlines: Priority Deadline - April 1, 2024 | Regular Deadline - May 1, 2024

To apply for the Early College Degree Program at HCC, complete all of the steps listed below.

  1. Complete the online HCC Application for Admission*
  2. Ask the school counselor to send your high school transcript to the HCC Admissions Office. It can be emailed to admissions@hagerstowncc.edu.
  3. Complete the Early College Program Form*.
  4. Complete the Early College Degree Program Contract.

*If you completed these documents for previous HCC courses, you do not need to complete them again.

All application materials must be submitted before your application can be reviewed. If you need assistance with the application process, please contact an Early College Program staff member.

The Early College Degree Program sends decision letters within two weeks of each respective deadline. Please ensure that an appropriate mailing address is on file with the HCC Admissions Office.