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As a high school student, you have a number of options as part of Clark State's Early College Programs. Many high school students are able to earn college credit before they attend Clark State. Students who have participated in Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Program, College in the Classroom, Tech Prep, attended a JVS or career center, earned high scores on an AP exam or have relevant work experience or military training may already have college credit at Clark State. Some of these programs may not be available at your high school, so you should speak with your guidance counselor to learn which programs are available to you.

High school graduates from the following career technical schools may qualify for advanced standing at Clark State:

  • Greene County Career Center
  • Miami Valley Career Technical Center
  • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center
  • Tolles Technical Center
  • Upper Valley Career Center

Agreements with these career technical schools may allow for one or more credit hours to be granted toward an associate degree or certificate at Clark State. To apply for these credits, you must have graduated within the last two years.

Entrance Exams
Although not required at Clark State, you are encouraged to take either the ACT or SAT while in high school, especially if you are thinking about transferring to a four-year college to complete a bachelor's degree. High scores on these tests will exempt you from having to take our initial placement tests.

  • You will be excused from placement testing in writing if you received English scores in the last three years of 18 ACT or 430 SAT. 
  • You will be excused from placement testing in reading if you received reading scores in the last three years of 21 ACT or 450 SAT.
  • You will be excused from mathematics/algebra placement testing if you received mathematics scores in the last three years of 22 ACT or 520 SAT.

Space-Limited Programs
Clark State degree and certificate programs that accept only a specific number of students each year are considered space-limited programs. High school applicants who intend to pursue space-limited programs after high school graduation are encouraged to apply for admission to the College in their junior or senior year and fulfill the required prerequisites.

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