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Early College Academy

Miami University Regionals is committed to increasing opportunities for students to earn a degree, gain a career, and enjoy all the benefits of a college education. The Early College Academy will open doors for students right here in our region. Utilizing the statewide College Credit Plus program students can earn a Miami University associate degree at no cost.

About the Academy

Local area high schools will identify and select a cohort of incoming juniors for the Academy. These students will enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours (per semester) for four semesters. All of the associated fees for Academy participants such as tuition and books will be covered by the program. The high school will be providing transportation, and will cover the cost of required textbooks.
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Apply by May 1 for fall 2023. Classes begin on August 28.

Our Partner Schools

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Graduation Cap

Early College Academy

What are the benefits?

The Early College Academy allows students to graduate with a minimum of 62 college credit hours earning an Associate in Arts in General Studies with only two years remaining to complete a bachelor’s degree at Miami University.

Two years of free college

Students will graduate with both their high school diploma and a Miami University associate degree.

Student Involvement

Students will still be able to participate in co/extracurricular activities at their high school. A special set of activities will also be created specifically for these students at Miami University Regionals.


Academic Support

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor. Miami University Regionals will also provide individualized tutoring available through the Tutoring and Learning Center.

Participating in the Academy

Students in this program will make a strong impact in their community and beyond to engage, experience, and lead. Using a rubric model, students will be evaluated and selected by their high school using the following scoring criteria:

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3.0 unweighted GPA

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Co/extracurricular activities

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Priority is given to first-generation college students.


ECA First Cohort Journey


Currently, out of 100 high school students, only 16 will graduate college*. Early College Academy can be the change to increase this percentage!

  • College graduates earn more, live longer, and have better life outcomes. 
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, people without degrees were three times more likely to have lost their jobs than people with degrees.

*Hamilton and Middletown Ohio regions, US Census Bureau 2019

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Out of 100 high school students

  • 90 of them will graduate from high school.
  • 27 of them will enroll as first-time college students.
  • 16 of them will graduate college within 6 years of leaving high school.

Early College Academy News

(L-R) Ryan Davis, 16, Sydnee Short, 15 and Khaliyah Wilson, 16

'An amazing opportunity.' Winton Woods sophomores to attend college full time in the fall

Meet the Team

Our dedicated support staff is here to help guide, support, and champion your success throughout your academic journey.

Early College Academy

Alicia Justice
Director of Dual Credit Programs