Smart Scholars

What is Smart Scholars?

The Smart Scholars program lets students at Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) take part-time college classes on OCC's campus while earning their high school diploma. Funded by a grant through the New York State Education Department in conjunction with the Syracuse City School District and Onondaga Community College (OCC), this program lets students take classes free of charge with the cost of their textbooks covered as well.

If you're enrolled in the program, you're expected to attend classes regularly, display maturity and responsibility, and complete your work just like every other OCC student. You'll also have the opportunity to fulfill elective and general education requirements early, which increases your chances of graduating early.

Some other details about the program:

  • High school juniors and seniors are eligible. 
  • To be considered, you should take the placement test in the spring of your sophomore year, complete the Smart Scholars Application, and provide a one-page essay. (Speak with your high school's guidance counselor to learn more about the placement test and how to get a copy of the application.)
  • Once enrolled, you can take up to 4 classes (12 credits) per semester
Questions? Contact Marianna Maliani, Early College High School Coordinator, at

Smart Scholars Demographic Form

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