Under 16 Admissions

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

1) Prove College Readiness by submitting qualifying scores in the SAT, ACT, PARCC, AP or IB tests. 

OR prepare to take the Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer). The Test Center provides information about Accuplacer Test Preparation

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. 

2) Submit official test scores to the attention of the Office of Admissions - Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.

OR 

Complete the Academic Skills Assessment in the Test Center.  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 with the Assistant Director of Admissions.

3) Schedule an appointment with the Assistant Director of Admissions. During this time, the student will be assisted with completing the application for admission, registration for classes and will review important information about being an under-16 student on campus. We encourage parents or guardians to join their student at this meeting. 

Please note that students under the age of 16 will apply during their appointment (step 3) so they do not need to fill out an application until that time.

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