Accelerated High School Students

Take a “step ahead” to advance your college career while still in high school! (This program is available to qualified high school students who are enrolled in private schools, home schools, and public schools.) At Faulkner State Community College you can take that step by enrolling in our Accelerated High School Student Program. This program allows you to receive college credit for courses taken at one of the three Faulkner State campuses (Bay Minette, Fairhope, or Gulf Shores) of Faulkner State while you are still in high school. Academic courses are transferable to other colleges or universities. Eligible high school students can take any college course for which they meet the prerequisites. (For example, students who want to take English Composition II – ENG 102 must have taken English Composition I – ENG 101 first.) Many high school students have already enrolled and found the program beneficial to getting a head start on college.

Accelerated High School Student Policy

Faulkner State Community College provides college credit opportunities to eligible high school students through the State Board of Education’s Early Admission for Accelerated High School Students program. The program is open to high school students as specified in State Board of Education Policy 801.02.


The eligibility guidelines listed below are subject to State Board of Education policy changes. All three eligibility criteria must be met.
  • Completed tenth grade
  • 3.0 or better unweighted Grade Point Average
  • Completed Accelerated Program packet
  • Provide an up-to-date transcript
  • Those students enrolled in a private school, or any school that is not accredited by SACS or AISA, must provide an ACT score of at least 16 for admission to a course creditable toward an associate degree.

The student may enroll only in college courses for which high school prerequisites have been completed.

Students receiving credit for a class in the Accelerated High School Program are not guaranteed to receive credit for the same class in the Dual Enrollment Program.

Steps for Enrollment

  • Complete an Accelerated Program packet.
  • Turn forms in to your high school counselor and ask her/him to send an official transcript to Faulkner State Admissions Office.
  • In order to expedite processing, please send all forms and transcript together.
  • Pay for courses and books at any of the three Faulkner State campuses.

Students must complete a new Accelerated Program packet and request that a current transcript be sent to Faulkner State Admissions Office for each semester they wish to participate in the Accelerated Program.


Faulkner State has Alabama’s lowest tuition.

The most up-to-date tuition and fee table can be found in the current course schedule.

Please contact the Faulkner State Business Office at 251-580-2217 for further information.

If students wish to pay for Accelerated Program tuition and fees with Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT), it is their responsibility to get in touch with PACT and with the Faulkner State Financial Aid Office.

Faulkner State’s low tuition will not only help you get a “Step Ahead” academically, but will also save you thousands of dollars on your college education.


Faulkner State offers classes in three convenient locations: Bay Minette, Fairhope and Gulf Shores.

Transferring Credits

Please refer to the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) web link found on the Faulkner State Community College web site to get information regarding the Alabama state law that guarantees transferability of all academic credits for two-year college students.

In order to have college credits transferred to another college, students must do both of the following:
  • Send high school transcript, including graduation date, to Faulkner State
  • Fill out and submit a Faulkner transcript release form

Accelerated Contacts

Faulkner State Community College

Carmelita Mikkelsen, Director of High School Relations

Michael G. Nikolakis, Dean of Student Services

Baldwin County School System

Joyce Woodburn, Interim Secondary Supervisor Coordinator

Peggy Duck, Secondary Supervisor

Pam Henson, Director of Instructional Support

Special Invitation

You are invited to come by Faulkner State Community College and visit our beautiful campus. We want you to see our exceptional facilities and meet our friendly students and faculty.  Campus tours are conducted Monday through Friday in our new Sun Chiefmobile.  We know you will like what you see!

*The terms and conditions of the Accelerated Program are subject to change without notice according to secondary and post secondary requirements.