Early College

Early College

Early College pathways enables students to jump start their college education by earning college-level credits during their high school years. Students are integrated into regular college classes on the NCC campus or online. With guidance from Nashua Community College advisers, students select courses from the general education program or take a sequence of courses in a particular curriculum.

Earn College Credit

Apply the credits towards a degree at NCC or transfer earned credits to another college. The credit you earn now will wait for you. If your high school allows, you may be able to use the credits to fulfill high school requirements and college requirements simultaneously.*

Start College Now

Complete highly transferable courses that most college degree programs require. Explore a course in a major you are seriously considering for your future.

Get The Competitive Edge

College coursework stands out on a freshman college application and demonstrates that you have challenged yourself academically.

Save Time

Early College may compress the time it takes to complete high school and the first two years of college.

Save Money

Earn college credits at a fraction of the cost of a four-year university. NCC’s in-state tuition rate is only $100 per credit.

Public school, private school and homeschool students are welcome to contact the NCC Admissions Office for more information at 603-578-8908.

*The award of high school credit for college coursework is arranged through a students’ school and does not involve the college. Please see your high school guidance counselor for pre-approval of dual-enrollment credit.

Early College Alumni Stories

Jocelyn Fulford, Class of 2017

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After completing her high school diploma in February, Nashua Community College senior Jocelyn Fulford, 17, graduated from the Electronic Engineering Technology Program at NCC in May 2017.

“It’s not that hard,” Jocelyn said of tackling college-level courses while in high school. “Everyone thinks college is super hard and super tough,” she said, adding while classes are challenging, “It is super fun.”

At first, Jocelyn said she was a “little nervous” about taking college-level classes and working alongside older students. However, she said she found a good community at NCC. “The other students were like ‘cool, welcome to the club,’” Jocelyn said, “I made a ton of friends here. Everywhere I went, it felt like a fun and relaxing and exciting place to be. I liked hanging out here. It felt like a good community.”

After graduation, Jocelyn moved on to UNH Manchester to study electrical engineering; something she began here at NCC. For her capstone project, Jocelyn created a cat-activated motion detector that opens the bathroom door when her cat is locked out. “It allows her to have access to the bathroom when I’m away—it was a complete success!”

Justin Apostol

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Justin Apostol, 17, signed up for Early College in August 2016, and began taking classes at NCC that fall. A student at Londonderry High School, Justin was looking for classes beyond what his high school could offer.

That’s when his guidance counselor suggested Early College at NCC.

With only two days left to enroll, Justin signed up for courses in the Computer Science degree program. He continued taking classes at Londonderry High School, where he graduated in June 2017. Over his time at NCC, Justin took Web Design I & II, Networking, English and Physics.

He is now enrolled at NCC and is transitioning into the Software Development Program for fall 2017, taking a summer class in C++ and four more classes in the fall semester.

Anthony Dell-Orfano

Anthony Dell-Orfano pictured in the NCC atrium May 2017.

Anthony’s Early College exploration happened spur of the moment. “I came in looking for college after high school, and Susan offered Early College classes,” he said, referring to Early College specialist Susan Smith, “I thought it was a good idea, and my family supported me.”

During senior year of high school at Nashua North, Anthony spent all his time at NCC. “I took all my classes here, I didn’t go to high school,” he said.

Starting with engineering, then switching to his real passion – computer science – Anthony ended up jumping ahead a full year in his college education. “It’s a really good deal,” he said.

Aside from the academic advantage, Anthony said the experience helped him adjust to the idea of college, “It helped me figure out how college operates.”

Anthony will be heading to UNH Durham on a Granite State Guarantee scholarship in fall 2017 to study Computer Science. The scholarship covers everything except room and board.

Looking back on his time with NCC, he said the faculty made an impression. “The teachers here are awesome; they were all helpful, and always had time for me.”