Current High School Students

It’s free to apply to CCBC, so get started on the application process today. Whether you plan to earn a degree, certificate or career training, it all begins here.

Early college access: start college while in high school

CCBC offers several programs that allow high school students to take college classes and earn college credits.

College 4 free

College 4 Free is an early college access program for eligible BCPS high school juniors and seniors. To apply, first talk with your school counselor to determine eligibility. 

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Parallel enrollment

Parallel Enrollment Program is an early college access program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors attending the Community College of Baltimore County.

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Career and Technology Education (CTE) pathways

If you participated in a Career Completer Program, you’ll need to take these steps within three years of your high school graduation:

  1. Complete a CCBC application for admissions.
  2. Request an official high school transcript to be sent to the Career Pathways office.
  3. Register for a course at CCBC within three years of high school graduation.

For more information, contact Emilie Cherry, Director of High School Collaboration, on 443.840.1997 or e-mail,

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Gifted and talented

The Gifted and Talented program allows selected 8th and 9th grade students to take credit classes.

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Instant admissions: look for CCBC at your school

CCBC admissions experts visit schools throughout the area to help interested students enroll. These instant admissions sessions offer opportunities for graduating seniors to reduce anxiety about the college application process and build a solid plan for the future. Watch for an instant admissions announcement at your high school.