2022-2023 ECP is closed. 2023-2024 Early College Recruitment begins November 2022

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    Thank you for your interest in the Columbia Public Schools Early College Program. 

    Students will enroll in a minimum of 12 college credit hours each semester taught by a MACC professor, typically a morning or afternoon session. Courses will count as both high school and college credit. Students can make substantial progress or complete an Associates degree by high school graduation. 

    To view ECP Information sessions and dates and registration links, visit here. 

    Resources and Responsibilities

    • Students will have access to MACC student resources, including tutoring, the library, computer labs, and student clubs and campus activities.
    • CPS will provide transportation to and from the MACC-Columbia Campus and their home high school.
    • Students will follow the MACC-Columbia Campus academic calendar during all sessions and are required to be on time and in attendance to all classes.
    • Students will monitor MACC course grades in Canvas throughout the semester. Official grades will be entered for CPS at the end of each semester. 
    • CPS will pay tuition, books, and fees for college classes each semester. Students are required to maintain a C or better in all classes. If a student makes a grade of D or F, the student may be responsible for repaying the district the full cost of the course, including fees, and may lose eligibility in the ECP. 
    • Students may participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities at their high school, provided they meet all MSHSAA Sports and Activities eligibility requirements.

    Early College Program FAQ's

    Core 42 Information and Transfer 

    For additional information or questions, contact:
    Dru Nash
    Advanced Studies Coordinator
    Columbia Public Schools

  • Minimum Student Qualifications and Important Links

    Prospective students apply to the ECP during their sophomore or junior year in high school and attend for their junior and/or senior year.


    • Students must complete the ACT and/or ACCUPLACER Test, complete applications, and submit scores to Dru Nash, CPS Advanced Studies Coordinator, at dnash@cpsk12.org by February 28, 2022. 
    • Application submission does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Students who are accepted will be notified in the Spring of 2022 by Dru Nash and then begin advisement for MACC Fall 2022 courses in April.