1. What do Early College Scholars (ECS) students do?
  2. ECS participants take college courses on the LIU campus to earn college credit. ECS students also become mentors for local middle school students, volunteer in their communities, conduct science-based research projects, and present research findings at LIU’s annual Discovery Day conference.

  3. Will ECS students be in classes with college students?
  4. Yes! Most ECS students will take classes with current LIU students. Other classes may be reserved for ECS student cohorts based on students’ interests and course availability.

  5. Do students have to take the PSAT or SAT to be accepted into ECS?
  6. No. ECS does not require PSAT or SAT scores for admission to the program, nor does LIU require PSAT or SAT scores for admission to the university. However, if students have taken the ACT and scored above 550 on English and above 530 on Math, they will be exempt from completing the Math and English Placement Exam at LIU.

  7. Can students choose which courses they take at LIU?
  8. Yes, to some degree. ECS puts forth a suggested course progression including certain liberal arts and science courses, but each student’s course progression will be different based on each participant’s interests and course availability.

  9. How do students sign up/get an application for ECS?  When do they apply?
  10. Students can find the Early College Scholars Student Application on the ECS webpage. Students may also contact their high school guidance counselors or other high school administrators for an application. Lastly, students may contact the Director of Early College Scholars, Dr. Sterling Jasper, directly to get an electronic copy of the application. Students planning to begin classes at LIU in the fall should submit completed applications by March.

  11. When will students find out if they can participate in ECS?
  12. Students who submit completed applications will be invited to participate in group interviews held at their respective high schools. Students will then be invited to LIU to take the English and Math Placement Exam, unless they are exempt based on SAT/ACT scores. Students planning to begin classes at LIU in the spring should submit completed applications by October. Students planning to begin classes at LIU in the fall should submit completed applications by March. Next, accepted students must attend ECS Orientation before working with LIU faculty to enroll in LIU courses for the spring.

  13. Can STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) students enroll in ECS?
  14. Yes! In fact, the ECS application process will be waived for students already enrolled in STEP at LIU who meet the criteria for entry to ECS.

  15. Is there a limit to how many college credits can be earned through ECS?
  16. Other early college programs cap the number of college credits students may earn in the program. At LIU, however, students may take up to 30 college credits, which is equivalent to two full semesters/one college year.

  17. Where and when do students participate in ECS?
  18. ECS students take classes on the LIU campus during the afternoon, after they have completed high school classes for the day. Some classes may be held on Saturdays. ECS includes summer classes. Research and/or community service will take place alongside students’ high school and college curriculum.

  19. What are the benefits of participating in ECS?
    1. Access to certified college courses on a beautiful campus in a central location
    2. Access to supportive resources, such as tutoring and mentoring, to assist in the students’ academic, social, and emotional growth
    3. Interaction with current college students
    4. Supportive relationships with LIU faculty
    5. Research experience in STEM related areas
    6. Private education at a significantly discounted cost
    7. Improved time management skills
    8. Improved organization skills
    9. Improved communication skills
    10. Preparation for the academic rigor of college
    11. Meaningful experience that will help guide students throughout life

  20. What is the program value?
  21. While a quality education is of immeasurable value and a wise investment in your future, managing the cost of higher education is of critical importance for students and family. The goal of Long Island University’s Early College Scholars Program is to provide ambitious college bound students with flexible solutions to meet financial obligations and educational goals. To that end, all course offerings for this program are offered at a significantly reduced rate.

  22. What is the difference between LIU ECS courses and Advanced Placement (AP)?
  23. ECS is a three-year program offered exclusively at the LIU Brooklyn campus for excellent high school students. The courses offered are regular LIU courses taught by LIU professors. Completion of the courses (with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in each course) results in students receiving college credit. AP courses are offered at high school. AP courses are meant to prepare students for AP exams. Credits granted are based on the exam scores.

  24. Will ECS accept AP credits completed at high school?
  25. Yes, if you have taken an AP exam and received credit for it, ECS will count that towards your completed credits.

  26. Does ECS accept CLEP credits completed at high school?
  27. Yes, if you have taken a CLEP exam and received credit for it, ECS will count that towards your completed credits. See the College Board website for more information: https://clep.collegeboard.org

  28. Will students receive different transcript from each college course?
  29. No. All completed LIU credits will conveniently be on one single transcript.

  30. Does ECS offer internship opportunities?
  31. Yes. ECS students will also be invited to complete research projects and volunteer in the community.