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

  • Bon Voyage Wendi!
    OECP Assistant Director Wendi Richardson retired from the University of Connecticut on June 23. She spent five years with OECP and twelve years total with the university. Wendi was in charge of enrichment programs and dual enrollment in the office. She is moving to Colorado with her husband and pets. The entire CETL department wishes her great adventures on this new […]
    Posted on June 26, 2017
  • UConn ECE Hosts 7th Globalization Conference
    This year’s globalization conference; Globalization & New Migration Patterns brought teams from eight Connecticut high schools to make presentations on the reasons and implications of migration throughout the world.  The event was held on April 17th at the Storrs Campus with each school representing a chosen country and presenting to the group how globalization not […]
    Posted on April 21, 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.