Program Mission

 "Providing access to, and preparation for higher education." 

UConn Early College Experience is committed to providing access to and preparation for post-secondary education programs through its ability to offer University of Connecticut courses to high school students. UConn Early College Experience is committed to excellence in education by fostering a relationship between higher education and partner high schools to create an effective transition for students who have made college a goal.

Program History

UConn Early College Experience (ECE) is an opportunity for students to take UConn courses while still in high school. Every UConn ECE course is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. There are approximately fifty courses in over twenty disciplines made available to partner high schools. Courses are taught on the high school campus by high school instructors who have been certified as adjunct faculty members by the University of Connecticut. UConn ECE students benefit by taking college courses in a familiar setting with an instructor they know. Courses offered through UConn ECE are approximately one-tenth of the cost in comparison to taking the same course on a UConn campus.

In 1955, President Jorgensen initiated the High School Cooperative Program for academically motivated high school students. Re-branded in 2005 as UConn ECE, over 10,000 students and about 1,200 certified instructors in 194 high schools are taking part in this academic opportunity annually. UConn credits are accepted at many colleges and universities across the country and transfer at a 87% success rate.

UConn ECE News

  • UConn ECE Site Representative Conference Promotes Sharing Amongst Peers
    The 2017 Site Representative Conference took place on Thursday, March 2nd with over 200 Site Representatives in attendance.  This year’s conference not only featured sessions on the nuts and bolts of the registration process, it also incorporated informative speakers on transitioning students to college. The day was book-ended with Katrina Higgins, Director of Advising at […]
    Posted on March 7, 2017
  • The Development Plan
    The audience was riveted. Our guest speaker for the October Political Science workshop, Professor Akhil Reed Amar, lit up the room with his conversation on the election. The last time the country was in a similar position was 1864, he said, when the election had the chance of pulling all four levers of government in […]
    Posted on January 23, 2017

National Accreditation

NACEP 2014
UConn ECE receives a re-accreditation banner at the 2014 National NACEP Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

NACEP Banner

UConn ECE is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. NACEP works to ensure that college courses taught by high school teachers are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. 

NACEP adopted national standards in 2002 that include measurable criteria in five categories that are markers of excellent concurrent enrollment programs: curriculum, faculty, students, assessment, and program evaluation.  As the only national set of quality standards applicable to concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP’s standards serve as model standards that have been adapted or incorporated into state policy in 16 states.

UConn ECE is a founding member of NACEP, originally accredited in 2007 and re-accredited in 2014.