February 1, 2012 — Mimi Eglin
Attention High School Juniors! Would you like to replace your senior year of high school with your freshman year of college? High school juniors who answer “yes” might consider the Early Admission Program at FM. This program allows qualified high school seniors the opportunity to fulfill some or all of their remaining high school requirements with college credits. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously, thereby getting a head start on their college career. At the end of this one-year experience, students have the option of continuing at FM as a sophomore, or transferring to another college or university.
FM’s Early Admission Program can provide academic and social opportunities unlike anything you could find in your high school. FM offers 43 academic programs to choose from and Early Admission students can earn credits that fit into any academic major at most colleges and universities. Many Early Admission students even earn their Associates Degree within one year of high school graduation. Early Admission students have the option of taking courses at FM’s Main Campus in Johnstown or at the Riverfront Center site in Amsterdam.
Early Admission students can have the “whole college experience” here at FM. Early Admission offers a less stressful way to make the transition from high school to college. Students learn time management skills while juggling part-time employment, sports involvement, or high school activities. Early Admission students are able to participate in our athletic programs as well. FM is NJCAA Division III and offers men’s basketball, soccer, and baseball and women’s basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. With over 30 clubs and organizations on campus Early Admission students can become part of the “FM Family.” We highly encourage Early Admission students to get involved! Students can also stay connected to their “home school” by staying involved in clubs and organizations there as well.
At FM we work diligently to ensure that our students are not wasting their time or their money. Full-time Early Admission students can accumulate thirty or more transferable college credits while finishing their senior year of high school. As you can imagine, a year as an Early Admission student at FM can really help you stand out in other admission pools. Our focus is a seamless transfer of credits, whether the student is transferring to another SUNY college or a private college or university throughout the United States. Early Admission students enjoy the same affordable SUNY tuition at FM that our traditional students receive and with financial aid available to the student it can make this opportunity a reality. In addition to campus-based scholarships, Early Admission students can receive TAP which is the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. Early Admission students, however, are not eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance.
If this sounds like a challenge you are ready for, come learn more at our Early Admission Information Session on Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. To register, contact our Admissions Office at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8301 or through our website at fmcc.edu. Also, stop by your Guidance Office and find out when I will be visiting your high school to discuss the Early Admission Program. I look forward to meeting with you!
Mimi Eglin is an Admissions and Enrollment Management Assistant at FM. To speak with her directly about Early Admission, contact her at 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8304.