Early College Start

SouthArk's Early College Start Program is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses to enhance their high school education and accelerate their postsecondary education. High school students who are seniors, juniors, or exceptional 10th graders may concurrently enroll for college credit courses. A student can participate in the Early College Start program either by Concurrent Enrollment or Dual Enrollment. SouthArk is also approved by the Arkansas Department of Education as a provider to offer digital learning courses in compliance with Act 1280.


Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment refers to high school students completing college-level courses on their high school campuses. When students complete each course with an acceptable grade, they earn college credit and also satisfy high school graduation requirements.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment refers to classes offered to students at SouthArk outside of the regular school day and on SouthArk's campus. Students may take any SouthArk course in which they meet the skills and college course prerequisites.

Students must meet general SouthArk requirements to enroll in either program:

  • Complete a SouthArk application for admission and an ECS-Registration form.

  • Submit a copy of their high school transcripts, immunization records, and ACT scores* to SouthArk.

  • Pay the class registration fee (if applicable).

*If ACT scores are not available or if students do not have sufficient ACT scores required for class admittance, the COMPASS test may be taken at SouthArk.

Transferability of General Education Credits

Most colleges and universities accept transfer credits from SouthArk; however, the acceptance of transfer credit is the prerogative of the receiving institution. Students should obtain assurances in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

Students may link to the ACTS system to obtain information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities.

Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS)

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