This information was produced by the staff of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) at the University of Iowa ( The resources and information listed here are for informational purposes; there is no direct or implied endorsement by the B-BC. Services provided by the B-BC include programs for academically talented K-12 and college students, professional development for teachers, the Assessment and Counseling Clinic, the Acceleration Institute (, and graduate programs and research in gifted education.

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Early Entrance to College: Information and Resources

Information for Parents

Muratori, Michelle. Tips for Parents: Making Decisions about Early Entrance to College

Robinson, Nancy M. Considering the Options: A Guidebook for Investigating Early College Entrance

Gross, Miraca, & Van Vliet, Helen. Radical Acceleration and Early Entry to College: A Review of the Research

Early Entrance to College Programs

Many colleges and universities permit students to enter college early, without a high school diploma. Some universities have special programs that assist young students in making the transition, provide housing, and offer social activities designed for early entrants. Others provide support for the students but do not offer housing. Some of the early entrance programs are listed below:

Highschool to College in 2 years

Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy at the University of Iowa

  • Provides top students with a high-level curriculum and research opportunities
  • Supports students through the transition from high school to university
  • Integrates STEM and the Arts/Humanities
  • Capitalizes on the Belin-Blank Center’s expertise in student programming and acceleration


Muratori, Michelle (2007). Early Entrance to College. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
This comprehensive guide was developed for bright students and their families.

Pagnani, Alexander & Adams, Cheryll M. (2014). Early Entrance to College as an Option for Highly Gifted Adolescents. Washington, DC: National Association for Gifted Children.

Solow, Razel & Rhodes, Celeste. (2012). College at 13: Young, Gifted, and Purposeful. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press.

Websites and Other Resources

Links to many different research articles and books on the topic.

Early college success stories.

Questions and Answers about Acceleration for Parents

Get Empowered! Check out the 2015 report, A Nation Empowered, which includes a chapter on early entrance to college. See for more information.