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College Head Start

Are you a student who wants to earn college credits while you're still in high school? Then RCBC's new College Head Start initiative is perfect for you.

By taking RCBC college credits in high school, you can reduce the time and cost to attain a college degree. In a busy world, who doesn't like to save time and money?

What Types of Programs are Available?

Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Parents and students interested in this Head Start program should contact their high school’s guidance office (click the links for contact information). Now available at the following high schools: 

Students have the opportunity to earn college credits -- a complete associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in some cases -- before graduating high school. 

Jump Start

Rowan College at Burlington County offers current high school students the opportunity to get a head start in completing college credits. RCBC ’s Jump Start Program allows high school students to take classes at any one of our three locations for college credit while still enrolled in high school.

Courses taken while in RCBC ’s Jump Start program can be transferred to any RCBC associates degree or certification program or to another four-year higher education accredited institution.*

Students interested must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete a Special Application (for students who are currently enrolled in high school)*
    • This application must be signed by a parent/guardian and the high school guidance counselor
    • Completed applications must be submitted in person at either our Mount Laurel Student Services Offices for processing.
    • Students must bring in a valid Photo ID to submit document and register for courses.
  • If a student wishes to take a college level English course or college level Math course they take the Placement Exam (ACCUPLACER) for placement. Students who have met the following benchmarks on the SAT, ACT, PARCC exam, or Specific Prior College Coursework are not required to take the ACCUPLACER exam: 
    • SAT
      • Prior to March 2016 students with scores of: Math Score of 530 or higher and a Critical Reading Score of 540 or higher
      • After March 2016 students with scores of: Math Score of 500 or better and a Evidence Based Reading and Writing Score of 450 or better.
    • PARCC
      • MATH PARCC score of 4 or 5 
      • ENGLISH PARCC score of 4 or 5
    • ACT
      • Students with ACT scores of 23 or higher in Reading and 20 or higher in Math are not required to take the Placement Exam
    • Prior College
      • Students who have taken college-level English and Math courses with a grade of a C or higher are not required to take the Placement Exam. 

(NOTE: Additional requirements may be needed in specific degree programs)

If a student is under the age of 16:
The student will need to meet with an Admissions Counselor prior to moving forward in the enrollment process. To make an appointment with an Admissions Counselor, please call (856) 222-9311, ext. 1199.

For sample questions and practice of the Accuplacer, please click here.

*students interested in transferring credits to another four-year institution should speak to those colleges' admissions or transfer offices prior to enrolling to ensure transfer ability.



BCIT Pre-Engineering Path*

  • Eligible BCIT students can enter the program and earn more than 30 college credits from RCBC by the time they graduate from BCIT. That's more than halfway towards an associate degree in Electronic Engineering Technology!
  • Courses will be offered on BCIT's Medford campus.
  • Completing high school and college credits at the same time allow students to complete their college degree at a much lower cost.
  • To get enrolled in this program, click here


Online Courses for High School Students

  • High school students, including those who are home-schooled or from another county, will receive a 25 percent tuition discount for 15 selected courses.
  • All courses offered can be applied to degrees at RCBC and Rowan University, but may also be accepted at many other four-year colleges and universities.
  • High school students may take additional courses at regular tuition rates.
  • Interested students should contact:
    Rowan College at Burlington County
    Office of Outreach and Admissions
    (856) 222-9311, ext. 1199

Courses will be available starting fall 2016 and will include:

  • Business (Personal Finance and Money Management, Small Business Management).
  • Cinema (American Cinema).
  • Criminal Justice (Police Operations and Procedures, Introduction to the Correctional System, Introduction to Court Systems, Criminal Investigation and Legal Rights of the Convicted).
  • Education (Historical Foundations of American Education).
  • Politics (American Government and Politics, State and Local Government, and Comparative Government and Politics).
  • Psychology (Introduction to Psychology).
  • Theatre (Introduction to Theatre).

College Acceleration Program (CAP)

  • CAP courses are taught by certified high school teachers who have been approved as Rowan College at Burlington County adjunct faculty.
  • Students who participate in CAP Courses are able to receive college credit towards their associate’s degrees while simultaneously completing their high school coursework.
  • CAP Courses that are available vary by high school; students who are interested in participating should speak with their high school guidance counselor.
  • CAP Courses are equal to RCBC credits and upon completion; students will receive a Rowan College at Burlington County transcript if they receive a grade of a "C" or Higher.
  • RCBC CAP Courses are also transferable to many four-year institutions.*
  • Interested students should fill out the RCBC Special Application. The application must be signed by the principal, guidance counselor, and parent.
  • For more information on CAP, please click here.

*Students interested in transferring credits to a four-year institution should speak to those college’s admissions or transfer offices prior to enrolling to ensure transfer ability.

Resources for High School Administrators and Faculty