Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Joint Enrollment/Early Admission/The ACCEL Program

Southern Polytechnic State University recognizes the need to provide academically talented high school students with opportunities for acceleration of their formal academic programs. There are three programs available to talented students:

Joint Enrollment

A joint enrollment student continues his/her enrollment in high school as a junior or senior and enrolls in courses for college credit.

Early Admission

An early admission student enrolls as a full-time college student following completion of the junior year in high school.

The ACCEL Program

  • The ACCEL Program is a joint enrollment program that allows high school, typically juniors and seniors, to take approved college courses. Courses earned through the ACCEL Program carry both college credit and high school Carnegie unit credit. ACCEL is a state funded program that provides dual enrollment tuition assistance for qualified public and private high school students. Students must be at least 16 years old, meet a certain set of requirements and submit necessary paperwork to participate. Students interested in this program should contact their High School Counselor to obtain the necessary paperwork.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission requirements for joint enrollment or early admission are:
  • Minimum scores of
    500 on the SAT I Critical Reading (21 ACT-English)
    500 on the SAT I Math (21 ACT-Math)
  • Minimum academic high school GPA of 3.0
  • On-track for completion of CPC requirements by the end of the senior year in high school
  • Written consent of the parent or guardian (if student is a minor)

A college course may not be used to fulfill the University System of Georgia's CPC requirements except:

  • English Minimum required score of 530 on the SAT I Critical Reading (23 ACT-English)
  • Social Studies Minimum required score of 530 on the SAT I Critical Reading (23 ACT – English)
  • Mathematics Minimum required score of 530 on the SAT I Math (22 ACT-Math)

Students who do not necessarily meet all of the above criteria but who demonstrate very high academic abilities through their SAT performance may be permitted to enroll in appropriate college courses. Specifically:

  • Students with a score of at least 700 on the SAT I Critical Reading (31 ACT-English) may be permitted to enroll in courses that require advanced verbal ability.
  • Students with a score of at least 700 on the SAT I Math (31 ACT-Math) may be permitted to enroll in courses that require advanced mathematics ability.
  • Students with a total score of 1370 (math and critical reading) on the SAT I (31 ACT-Composite) may be permitted to enroll in appropriate courses.