PACE and Early College High School

PACE (Program For Accelerated College Enrollment) and Early College High School

Students in PACE can take either University Parallel (86 courses approved by the Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two-to four-year public institutions-go to for details) or Applied Technology (courses that may or may not carry transfer credit to a four-year college); however, they must meet the same admissions criteria as any other student. More information about these programs can be found at The following criteria must be met for acceptance into PACE:

  • Be recommended by the high school guidance counselor, principal or other designated school official as someone who can benefit from the program;
  • Submit a completed PACE application, including a signature of permission from a school official and a parent or guardian to attend HGTC; and
  • Submit scores from one of the following placement tests: Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing Assessment (ACT), or college placement test. Minimum test scores must be met to enroll in college level courses.

Note: PACE students who continue their education at HGTC must submit HGTC Dual Enrollment Update Application (fee waived if within twelve months) to identify a major (program of study) and be recognized as a college student for financial aid eligibility. Students are responsible for meeting admissions requirements and checking with the institution(s) to which they plan to transfer after high school to ensure transferability of courses from HGTC.