NEIT to offer conditional college acceptance to eligible Providence Public School juniors

In a new collaborative effort, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is offering conditional early acceptance to eligible Providence Public School juniors which allows them to earn credits toward college graduation while still in high school.

The conditional early acceptance is open to all juniors enrolled in the Providence Public School System. To be eligible, students must have a minimum of a B average at the end of their junior year and, through school attendance and behavior, must demonstrate the emotional maturity necessary for college success. Students must also meet NEIT’s admission procedures for the programs to which they are applying. NEIT will waive all application fees for this initiative.

While still in high school, Providence Public students may opt to enroll in courses that New England Institute of Technology offers through the state’s Advanced Course Network. Students can take up to two of these courses per quarter, with a maximum of four courses per calendar year. These courses are free of charge and allow students to earn credits for high school and college simultaneously.

New England Institute of Technology Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Douglas H. Sherman stated, “The new dual enrollment agreement between New England Tech and the Providence Public School Department is the start of an important relationship between our two organizations that will offer Providence students the ability to begin their college degree program while still in high school. These students will now have the opportunity to accumulate credits while building confidence in their ability to succeed in college-level courses. Their transition to higher education upon graduation from high school will be much easier.”

If a student earns a B or higher in one of NEIT’s Advanced Course Network offerings, he or she may request enrollment in one NEIT course outside the network. While tuition and lab fees will be waived for this additional course, the student is responsible for purchasing all required books and materials.

Providence Public Schools Superintendent Christopher Maher added, “By offering and honoring dual enrollment courses to our students, New England Tech is allowing students to reduce the courses they need to graduate from college, thereby reducing their total tuition costs. For some of our students, this collaboration between Providence Public Schools and New England Tech puts the college dream within reach.”

Conditionally admitted students can even get a taste of college life by participating in NEIT extracurricular activities (excluding intercollegiate sports). Students must first receive permission from the appropriate high school and NEIT representatives as well as from the students’ parents or guardians.

Providence public high school students seeking more information on this new program should contact their guidance office.

For more information on the New England Institute of Technology, visit www.neit.edu. For more information on Providence Public Schools, visit www.providenceschools.org.