- Why Simon’s Rock
- Understanding Early College
- Degrees and Credit Transfers
Our students make the decision to leave high school to start college early. At Simon’s
Rock, that’s a choice that opens more options and leads to more opportunities.
Leaving high school
Rockers find that the college degrees they earn open a broad range of opportunities
for future employment and graduate study. Some students work with their former high school counselors to transfer credits
back toward a high school diploma, while others complete a GED with support from our
“I [left] high school and started college early. On the medical school application
I had to put when I graduated and it wouldn’t let me skip that step, so I just put
the year I left high school and no one’s asked about it because by the time you’re
getting a Bachelor’s they don’t really care if you’ve graduated high school or not.”-Sam '09
Simon’s Rock degree options
At Simon’s Rock, our students choose: stay for four years to complete a BA in a remarkably individualized program, or
transfer after two years with an AA degree that is highly respected by some of the
most prestigious colleges and universities.
Either way, you join an extensive and strongly connected alumni network. In fact,
Rockers share such a profound social bond and intellectual experience in their first
two years, that they consider their year of entry even more prominently than their
graduation year. So, unlike virtually every other school, when you see a date appended
to a Simon's Rock alumni's name, that's the year the alumni started at Simon's Rock,
not the year they graduated. For example, when you see "Colin Smith '09," that's a
Rocker who started college in 2009.
Yes, we support our transfer students. Why? Because even though the BA program here
offers rigorous and personalized study within a huge range of interesting areas of study, we understand that there may be other options that will help a student get where they want to go. Typically, a student who does well here and leaves with their AA degree will transfer
as a junior into their choice of prestigious institutions.