Get a head start on college!

Earn college credits while still in high school!

Early College programs give students the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school! Get a head start on college and save time and money, all while gaining early college experience. Students can take general education classes or get started on career and certificate programs.

If you are applying for the Early College & Career Academy, please visit our ECCA Application Information page.

How to apply:

Step 1: Submit a Parkland College Application for Admission as a NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT. (If you have taken courses at Parkland before, you do not need to complete the Parkland College Application for Admission).

Step 2: Fill out the Early College Enrollment Form.

If you are seeking dual credit, please have section two of the Enrollment Form completed by a high school guidance counselor or principal.

The Early College Services office is happy to assist you in choosing classes for section 3 of this form. If unsure, please contact us at 217/353-2663 or via email.

Submit completed paperwork to Early College Services, Room U233 at Parkland College or email your paperwork to

Step 3: Assessment testing may be required. The Early College Services office will notify you and your high school if assessment testing is required and will assist in scheduling any necessary testing. Your ACT, SAT, or AP scores may exempt you from the assessment process.