Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT

NJC’s Concurrent Enrollment program gives students a head start on earning college credit. Made possible by the Colorado State Legislature in 2009, Concurrent Enrollment allows students to take college level courses for both high school and college credit. To learn more, visit the Colorado Department of Education website at

Advantages to Concurrent Enrollment

  • Lowers the cost of college. Your local school district may help pay the tuition for your college courses.
  • Allows students access to college coursework while in high school
  • Prepares students for the transition into college
  • Increases your educational options

Am I eligible for Concurrent Enrollment?

Check with your high school principal or counselor to determine if you are a candidate for the Concurrent Enrollment program.

How do I find out if I am ready for Concurrent Enrollment?

Take the Accuplacer at NJC or provide current qualifying ACT/SAT Reading, English and Math scores by the time you register for courses.

Accuplacer/ACT requirements for college level Concurrent Enrollment classes:

 Course  Accuplacer Score  ACT Score 
 ENG 95+ 18+ (English)
 MAT 85+ 23+ (Math)  
 REA 80+  17+ (Reading)

How do I get started?

Contact your high school principal or counselor to begin planning a schedule and registering for classes. They can answer any questions you may have and guide you towards your educational goals.


Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment (ASCENT) program permits eligible high school students to participate in a “5th year” of high school while enrolled full time at NJC. The student’s school district is responsible for paying tuition. To participate in the program, high school students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Have completed or on schedule to complete at least 12 credit hours of college coursework prior to the completion of your 12th grade year.
  • Not in need of basic skills coursework as defined by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) remedial education policy.
  • Selected for participation by your high school administration.
  • Satisfy the prerequisites for courses.
  • Have not participated in the ASCENT program in previous years.

Are there other options to earn college credit besides Concurrent Enrollment and ASCENT?

Students can also earn college credits by taking the College-Level-Examination Program (CLEP) at NJC. CLEP gives students of any age the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. When you earn qualifying scores on these examinations you can move past introductory-level course work and on to more advanced and challenging courses. For more information, contact the NJC Advising and Counseling office.

Your high school might also offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Your high school counselor can give you more information about AP courses.