Brookdale Community College welcomes qualified high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and home schooled students to apply to Brookdale’s Fast Start Program. The Fast Start Program allows qualified students to enroll in one or two college level courses per term. Enrollment is subject to the guidelines of the Brookdale Community College pre-requisite and co-requisite systems. Fast Start students may not enroll in Honors Program courses, developmental, or support courses.
Fast Start students are considered members of the Brookdale community and have the same rights and responsibilities as all Brookdale students. Fast start students are responsible for their conduct and behavior and must understand and comply with information in all Brookdale Student publications, printed and online, including but not limited to the online College Catalog and Student Handbook.
How Do Students Qualify?
To qualify for the Fast Start Program, students must:
- Have the permission of their parent/guardian and guidance counselor (home schooled student’s parent/guardian will serve in place of a guidance counselor).
- Have completed their freshman year of high school or equivalent prior to the semester start date.
- Be at least 15 years of age prior to the semester start date.
- Submit a completed Brookdale Community College Admission Application, Fast Start Application Information Form and $25 non-refundable application fee.
- Take Accuplacer (a basic skills placement test) and pass all sections or show proof of the following SAT scores:
- Math SAT score of 530 waives the arithmetic and elementary algebra sections of Accuplacer;
- Critical Reading SAT score of 540 waives the reading comprehension and sentence skills sections.
- Satisfy all pre/co-requisites for courses as outlined at the end of each course description in the Brookdale Community College Catalog. Additional testing for courses such as language and/or upper level mathematics may be required.
- Be responsible for all costs associated with the Fast Start Program including tuition, fees, books and course materials.
- Provide their own transportation to/from Brookdale Community College. Fast Start students may take courses on Brookdale’s Lincroft Campus, Brookdale’s Freehold Campus or at any of Brookdale’s regional locations throughout Monmouth County.
- Maintain a minimum GPA (grade point average) of 2.0 to remain/continue in the Fast Start Program.
What Are The Benefits?
The Fast Start Program gives qualified high school students the opportunity to experience college courses and prepare for the academic rigor of college. The program also saves students time and money. Students leave high school having already earned college credit for Brookdale Community College courses. Student can use these credits as part of their degree program at Brookdale or transfer the credits to another institution. The decision to accept courses through transfer is determined by the other institution.
Where do I Start?
- Apply to Brookdale by going to the How to Apply page (www.brookdalecc.edu/applying-to-brookdale) and follow the instructions.
- Go to the Fast Start Program page on the Brookdale website (www.brookdalecc.edu/fast-start), download the application and the informational brochure. Complete the Fast Start Application and mail it as indicated.
- See the Testing Center website (www.brookdalecc.edu/testing-services) for Accuplacer Testing if you don’t have SAT scores.
Suggested Application Deadlines:
- April 15th for the Summer Terms
- July 1st for the Fall Terms
- November 1st for Spring Terms
For additional information regarding the Fast Start Program at Brookdale Community College, please contact Donna Cuddy, Associate Director,Transfer Resources, by calling 732-224-2574 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Prep Program
High School juniors and seniors enrolled in select high school courses may take advantage of Brookdale’s “Technology Preparation” program. The following criteria will apply:
- The Tech Prep Program is open to high school juniors and seniors who attend a high school with a signed Tech Prep Agreement with Brookdale Community College.
- Applicants must be recommended and approved by their high school teacher/counselor and have earned a grade of “C” or better in the appropriate course or course sequence, previously approved by Brookdale, at the high school.
- Applicants will complete the standard Brookdale application process and pay the appropriate fees in the spring of their senior year.
- In order to receive credit for a Brookdale approved Tech Prep course, the students may be required to pass a challenge test and/or portfolio review, as determined by the appropriate Brookdale academic department, in the spring of their senior year.
- These credits will be held in escrow until the student completes 12 additional college level credits with a grade of “C” or better. The additional credits must be earned within two years of high school graduation. Credit for the course(s) will be assigned and appear as “TPC” on the Brookdale transcript.
- The Office of Transfer Resources and Articulation will be responsible for instituting and administering the Tech Prep Program at individual high schools.
- The appropriate College department chair, in conjunction with the Office of Transfer Resources and Articulation, will be responsible for evaluating, aligning and approving Tech Prep courses as equivalent to Brookdale courses.
- Appeals for exceptions to any criteria above should be made in writing to the Executive Vice President for Educational Services or designee.
Dual Enrollment Program
High school juniors and seniors may take advantage of Brookdale’s Dual Enrollment Program. Selected Brookdale credit courses will be open to high school juniors and seniors at a Brookdale campus or Higher Education Center or at their high school. The following criteria will apply:
- The Dual Enrollment Program is open to high school juniors and seniors who attend a high school with a signed Dual Enrollment agreement with Brookdale Community College.
- Applicants must be recommended and approved by their High School Guidance Counselor. Permission from a parent/legal guardian is also required. Applicants must meet minimum proficiency requirements on Accuplacer or SATs. To continue in the program, the student must maintain a minimum term GPA of 2.0 at the College.
- Applicants are required to submit a student privacy waiver in order for the academic and conduct information to be shared between the College and the High School.
- Applicants will be allowed to enroll in no more than two (2) Brookdale courses during any term. Enrollment will be subject to the guidelines of the Brookdale Community College prerequisite and co-requisite system. Applicants may not enroll in selective admission programs, basic skills or support courses.
- Dual Enrollment students will be designated as non-degree students.
- The Office of Transfer Resources and Articulation will be responsible for instituting and administering the Dual Enrollment Program at individual high schools.
- All courses offered in the Dual Enrollment Program must be approved and monitored by the appropriate college department chair. All academic standards regarding the course content, syllabus, and faculty credentials will apply. The appropriate college department chair, in conjunction with the Office of Transfer Resources and Articulation, will be responsible for evaluating off site teaching locations to ensure that the proper equipment and technologies required for the course are available.
- Appeals for exceptions should be made in writing to the Executive Vice President for Educational Services or designee.