Under 16 Admissions

Prospective students under the age of 16 need to complete the following steps for admission:

  • Prove College Readiness* by submitting qualifying scores to the Attention of the Office of Admissions. Tests include SAT, ACT, PARCC, AP or IB tests.

OR prepare to take the Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer). Please let Test Center Staff know that you are under 16 years of age and would like to assess. Students must show a photo ID before being given a test. Please refer to Photo ID Requirements to determine the type of ID required. If Test Center staff determines that a student under the age of 16 has assessed at college level in reading, writing, and math – they will be referred to the Office of Admissions to schedule an appointment.

  • Schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Admissions. During this time, the student will meet with an Academic Advisor as well as the Assistant Director of Admissions and will complete the following:
    • an application for admission
    • an advising session
    • a checklist with important information about being a student under the age of 16 on campus
    • FERPA document

We encourage parents or guardians to join their student at this meeting.

*Proving College Readiness with qualifying test scores meets COMAR (state) regulations on college admission for students under the age of 16: "Students under 16 years of age are not to be admitted to an institution of higher education, unless they are deemed 'gifted and talented'." HCC defines gifted and talented as any student under the age of 16 who can assess at college level reading, writing and math.”

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