Early College Academy
Early College Academy (ECA) is a new program for high school seniors. Selected students will take two courses at HACC during the spring semester (6 credits). You can apply these credits to your high school requirements.
HACC Gettysburg Campus and the following high schools offer this program:
Why should I participate in ECA?
- You get to experience college life during your senior year. Your college course can prepare you for higher education.
- You will learn from HACC's student-centered faculty.
- You can take advantage of HACC's campus resources. Resources involve student life, academic support and enrichment activities.
- ECA combines a college experience with the traditional milestones of your senior year. You can experience college life and attend high school dances with your friends, too.
What classes are offered?
- Choose courses in English, Communication, Math, Biology, Philosophy and Theatre. We may offer other available courses.
- Course content and syllabi are identical to "regular" HACC courses.
- You will attend class with HACC students.
How do I decide which courses to take?
A HACC advisor will consult with your high school advisor. They will help you decide on the best course options. You may need to take a placement test if it is required as a course pre-requisite.
Am I eligible for ECA?
You must be a senior and ready for college-level work. Your high school administration must recommend you for ECA.
Are there payment options?
Students pay HACC's prevailing tuition rates (currently $240 per credit). The prevailing tuition rate does not include the cost of textbooks and/or additional course fees.
HACC's tuition is the lowest in Central Pennsylvania. HACC may be able to offer a nominal tuition subsidy if you have financial need.
Payment options include credit card, check or the HACC Payment Plan (HPP).
How do I apply to ECA?
High school seniors can apply to ECA. You need to submit the following:
SATs and ACTs are not required. There is no "minimum" high school GPA requirement. However, we take your high school grades into consideration.
Please note: High school students cannot apply online. We will only consider complete applications.
When are classes?
You can attend class mid-January through mid-May, Monday through Friday, 1:15 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Students in their second semester of ECA may follow a slightly different schedule.
ECA students are considered HACC students. You are welcome to use campus facilities. You can also participate in all college activities and services. HACC Gettysburg Campus is conveniently located on Old Harrisburg Road in walking distance from the N. Gettysburg Trail.
What are the college faculty like?
HACC faculty generally have a Master's degree or higher. Students find HACC faculty to be enthusiastic, engaging and challenging. Each faculty member holds regular office hours to answer your questions.
How do I learn more?
The Office of College Pathways can provide more information on enrollment steps. Contact Kristin Carr, Coordinator for the Office of College Pathways at (717) 801-3255 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.