Under 16 Admissions

Harford welcomes dual-enrolled students who wish to complete college-level coursework while still enrolled in a high school or homeschool program.

Prospective students under the age of 16 should complete the following:

*Please note that students under the age of 16 will apply during their appointment (step 4) so they do not need to fill out an application until that time.

1) Prepare for the Academic Skills Assessment prior to taking the assessment. The Test Center provides information about Accuplacer Test Preparation

2) Complete the Academic Skills Assessment in the Test Center.  Please let Test Center Staff know that you are under 16 years of age and would like to assess. Students must show a photo ID before being given a test. Please refer to Photo ID Requirements to determine the type of ID required. 

  • The Accuplacer assesses the student based on COMAR (state) regulations on college admission for students under the age of 16: 

    "Students under 16 years of age are not to be admitted to an institution of higher education, unless they are deemed 'gifted & talented'.'' 

  • HCC defines gifted and talented as any student under the age of 16 who can assess at college level reading, writing and math. 

3) If Test Center staff determines that a student under the age of 16 has assessed at college level in reading, writing, and math – they will be referred to the Office of Admissions to schedule an appointment with the Director or Assistant Director of Admissions.

4) At this appointment, the Director or Assistant Director of Admissions personally assists students and their parents with completing the application for admission, reviews important information about being an under 16 student on campus, and assists students with their first registration.