What courses are offered in the College Prep Institute and the Early College Program?
College Prep Institute offers non-credit courses in college preparation: college search portfolio development, careers, college majors, application, admission, student financial services, college etiquette, online resources, learning styles and strategies, critical thinking, test prep strategies, test prep reading, test prep writing, test prep math and writing personal essays.
Early College Program applicants select and can enroll in only one of three modules. It is a rigorous academic program for high achieving young scholars.
1. ECP STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) offers non-credit programming featuring a selected STEM topic with interactive lectures, quantitative research analysis, group project, report writing, and field trips to local research facilities.
2. ECP English 103 offers a college credit course in first year composition earning four (4) credits. This course provides opportunities for the student to develop and exercise critical thinking, primarily through writing and research. The course emphasizes comparison/contrast, argumentation, and working with sources. First-Year Composition is the place where students will come to learn how to be productive critical readers, thinkers, speakers and writers. A minimum grade of “C” is required.
3. ECP Biology 100 offers a college credit course in The Biology of Women earning four (4) credits. This course provides perspectives on the distinct biology of women. The roles of science in society and women’s empowerment through knowledge of their bodies will be examined. The course features lectures and laboratory. A minimum grade of “C” is required.
What is the difference between non-credit and credit courses?
Early College Program students who receive grades of "A, B or C" in English or Biology courses can earn college credit transferrable by transcript to any accredited college in the USA. Non-credit courses are intended for personal enrichment and do not accrue college credit.
Will the credits earned during the summer in the degree credited courses go towards a transcript?
Yes, credits earned can go towards a transcript. Students are encouraged to achieve the highest possible grades in order to launch a high Grade Point Average (GPA) to begin the first year of college. It is very important that the student knows and understands that these grades will become a part of a permanent file.
How often do classes meet and how long do they last?
With the exception of introductory weekend sessions, students attend classes Monday through Friday in the morning and afternoon. Some extra-curricular life skill sessions are held in the evening. Course time varies from 1 hour to 2 hours.
Will there be homework outside of class?
Yes, both CPI and ECP will require assignments outside of class. The amount of daily homework will vary among courses and may take up to several hours per day, but previous summer program students have found these assignments manageable and rewarding. Good time management is required to utilize free time during the day, in the evening structured study halls or on the weekend.
Are students required to bring a laptop or tablet?
CPI and ECP students have found that bringing a laptop to the Program is useful and convenient. If a student has access to a personal laptop, previous students would recommend bringing it. Students will have wireless internet access in The Suites residence hall and throughout campus. The Suites also has a small computer lounge on each floor. Students will receive logon information and assistance in accessing and using campus network technology. Students will have access to the Spelman College Computing Lab. Summer hours are posted. Students relying on the labs will need to plan to complete their computing work during those summer hours.