High School Student taking college credits

College Advancement for High School students allows you to begin your college education earlier and complete many of the general education courses you need for college, at a fraction of the cost.

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We offer three paths for high school students to consider. 

  • Concurrent Enrollment Program - offered at your high school
  • Dual Enrollment Program - offered online
  • Jump Start Program - offered on the Sussex campus
Concurrent and Dual Enrollment
Sussex County/Out-of-County
1 Credit Course   $75
2 Credit Course   $150
3 Credit Course   $225
4 Credit Course   $300
Jump Start   50% Reduction
in Tuition

There are no additional fees for any of these programs.

College Advancement for High School Students

Graphic image of apply on top of two booksEarn college credit at your high school

The Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) is a partnership between the College and area high schools to provide students the chance to enroll in college courses as part of their regular school day.

CEP courses are equivalent to those offered at Sussex, and our administration and faculty monitor the courses to ensure that instruction, curriculum, and grading standards are identical to those sections taught at the College.

These are general education courses that satisfy basic requirements in a broad range of majors. Each area high school, in conjunction with the College, determines the courses that are offered. 

  • Taught in your high school
  • Taught by high school teachers
  • No additional fees

To be eligible for the Concurrent Enrollment Program

Students must meet Placement Test requirements in one of the following areas:

  • SAT scores (500 Math, 450 Critical Reading and Writing)
  • ACT scores (23 English, 23 Reading, 23 Math)
  • Passing Placement Test (Accuplacer) scores
  • Additional testing is required in College-Level Math (CLM) for pre-calculus, calculus and physics courses. The CLM test may not be retaken.

Placement Testing

To take the Placement Test at Sussex, find the testing schedule and student guides visit sussex.edu/testing/placement. 
Note: Contact your guidance department for the list of courses that do not require testing.

  • You must have an Sussex Student ID Number before you take the Placement Test.
  • Bring your Student ID Number and Photo ID the day of the test. Let the Testing Center, (B317), know you are a CEP student.
  • For questions, contact the Testing Center at 973.300.2242.

Graphic image of I pad with cap and hand touching the screenEarn college credit online

The Dual Enrollment program is offered to high school students in Sussex County, NJ, Pike, Monroe and Wayne County, PA. The courses are academically rigorous, and the online format allows high school students to gain a head start on their college degree. The program features the same content and course objectives as on-campus courses.

These online courses can also expose students to a wide range of subjects not available in high school. They are taught in the online format by Sussex professors.

  • Taught online
  • Taught by Sussex professors
  • No additional fees
  • No Placement Test required

Some courses available during the fall and spring semesters may include:

  • Macroeconomics
  • History of Western Civilization I
  • Survey of World Culture
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Sociology

Earn college credit at Sussex

The Jump Start Program is designed for students currently enrolled as high school juniors or seniors who wish to earn college-level credits prior to graduation.

Upon obtaining signed permission from your parent or legal guardian, you may enroll in up to two college courses (not exceeding 8 credit hours of academic work) per semester during the day or evening.

  • Taught on the Sussex Campus
  • Taught by Sussex professors
  • 50% reduction in tuition cost
  • No additional fees

Upon graduation from high school and enrollment at SCCC, students will have all applicable credits applied toward their associate degree or certificate. If enrolling at a different college or university, students can request an official SCCC transcript to be sent to the other college for credit transfer consideration.

To be eligible for the Jump Start Program the applicant must:

  • Be a high school student or home-schooled student between 16–18 years of age. Students who are younger than 16 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • SAT Scores: Evidence-Based Reading/Writing – SAT of 450 or higher or appropriate Placement Test scores in reading and writing.
  • Mathematics – SAT of 500 or higher or appropriate Placement Test scores in basic math and algebra. The Placement Test may be retaken only once.
  • ACT Scores: (23 English, 23 Reading, 23 Math)
  • Take the College Level Math Accuplacer Exam at SCCC if enrolling into Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Physics

Students who do not currently meet some of the Academic Requirements but who are recommended for acceptance must agree to take the College Placement Test at Sussex. Please contact the Testing Center to set up an appointment at 973-300-2242. The Placement Test may be retaken only once at $10 per subject.
Documentation will then be reviewed by our Sussex Recruiter.

*Home-schooled students will be required to take and pass the College Placement Test (Accuplacer).
*Not all classes require placement testing, contact the Sussex Director of Admissions for a list of courses that do not require testing.

Once students have graduated from high school, they are no longer eligible for these programs.

Step 1: Apply for Admissions

On the Application under Admissions Status please choose the program you are entering - Concurrent Enrollment, Dual Enrollment or Jump Start. Once admitted, you will receive an Official Letter and Email of Acceptance which will include your Student ID Number.

Step 2: Take the College Placement Test

The College Placement Test (Accuplacer) will determine which classes are right for you. You will need your Student ID # to take the Placement Test. For questions, please call the Testing Center at 973-300-2242.

You do not need to take the Placement Test if you scored the following:

  • SAT and scored a 450 in Critical Reading and/or 500 in Math
  • ACT and scored a 23 in Math and/or a 23 in English
  • Submit your scores to rcusomato@sussex.edu 

Step 3: Contact the Sussex Recruiter

Please contact
Todd Poltersdorf
Director of Admissions

Step 4: Must Complete a Registration Form

Choose the registration form for the program you are entering.

  • Dual Enrollment Form -   
  • Concurrent Enrollment Form, send Registration Form and test scores to your high school Guidance Counselor
  • Jump Start Form, Send Registration form, test scores and payment to

    Sussex County Community College,
    One College Hill Rd.
    Newton, NJ 07860
    ATTN: Admissions

Additional Steps for success

  • Get Your Student Photo ID: Stop by the Reception Desk in the Administration Building (B) during regular hours to have your photograph taken and get your Student ID card. You must bring your student schedule as proof of enrollment.
  • Activate your Sussex Online Tools: Once you are registered you will be issued a student email account and My Sussex login. Set up your student email immediately as important college information will be sent. My Sussex is the online student portal which will give you easy access to your schedule, grades, transcripts, financial aid and more.