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Can I get in early if I graduate high school early?
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I'm currently 14 and would like to graduate my sophomore year. This is because I simply have always wanted to, and want to push myself. I would like to know if a college would accept me at 15 or 16? I'm more than willing to put in the hard work necessary.

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@OFHanson10 months ago

Absolutely they’d accept you...but under a lot of considerations. But why throw away the high school experience like that? It is highly ambitious but it can be done; instead, why not use high school to develop your interests and passions for college. They always say: “you’ll change your mind (pertaining to studies) at least once in college.”—And your just a high-schooler. You need to show us more before this question can be answered thoroughly

@OFHanson10 months ago

Like, do you know EXACTLY what you want to do? Do you have the time to take all of your college-required classes? Where even do you want to go to college? Have you done something extraordinary (adult-like) that exemplifies you readiness to take on the real-world? A lot of “maturity” will have to be “proven” since you are untraditionally applying to college at such a young age, but it can certainly be done...though highly unusual and not often pursued

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Elle_53010 months ago

I don't necessarily intend to throw it away, I would much rather spend my time learning about something I'm interested in, and have planned out what things I know I'll need to do to accomplish these goals. For example, since until 18 I would not be able to stay in the dorms, I'll instead take courses online, get a job during other hours, and save up for the things I'll need. I'm considering a few different colleges, but with the knowledge that the one I'm hoping for may not happen.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Elle_53010 months ago

I've been through some very emotionally and mentally aging things, and adults outside of my personal life have said that I'm far more mature than most my age. For example, I was in Butte County, CA when the Camp Fire came through the towns of Paradise and Concow, and quite fankly have used it as a far more positive thing than most would have expected. I've had the hope of graduating early for years, but have never thought about what it would really take--but have recently.

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10 months ago

I'm sure it's possible! If you look it up, there are very bright students that already have a degree at such a young age, sometimes before people typically graduate from high school, which is around 18. You can definitely try, but the workload will become quickly difficult and rigorous, especially at an age like yours. BUT, I guess it is different for some people who know the material quite well and work faster than others. It's up to you, and if you're up for the challenge, I'd say go for it.

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10 months ago[edited]

It's possible but it'll almost certainly make it really hard to get into colleges and near impossible to get into any super competitive or prestigious ones. Graduating in two years will almost certainly do more harm than good for you and this coming from someone who is a three year graduate and understands being ready to move on and go to college. Only doing two years of high school gives you pretty much just enough time to take the basic courses to graduate with almost nothing else and this will make colleges inclined to not accept you. I would recommend aiming for a three year graduation instead and graduate at the end of your junior year. This will give you more time to take more of the classes colleges want to see (APs, duel credit, etc.). Also most colleges will let you live in dorms as a minor (plenty of people don't turn 18 until a few months into college) but I highly doubt you'd even be able to get accepted anyone there isn't a community college with only two years of college courses. You also need to see if your High School would even allow this, it took a lot of bargaining with my school for me to get approval to graduate in three years, I can't imagine them ever approving a two year graduating unless they had a really good reason.

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