HFC is a participant in the Dual Enrollment Program, which allows public high school students to take college courses that are paid for by the student's school district or charter school. Learn more about Dual Enrollment.
HFC offers the Advancement Plus Program to all students who are identified by their high school counselors or principals as having above-average academic status. This program provides a parallel route for high school students to enhance their present curriculum, enrich their academic experience, and earn college credit while attending high school. Learn more about Advancement Plus.
HFC and the Dearborn Public Schools have teamed to offer students a chance to earn both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree in only five years at no cost to parents or students through the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy (HFCA). This program began in the fall of 2013.
Students attending Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and Fordson High School may enter the HFCA at their respective high schools at the beginning of their junior year based on the scores they have achieved on the PLAN test taken in the spring of their sophomore year. Students must have attended a high school in the Dearborn Public Schools during their sophomore year to participate in the HFCA. They will take their high school classes at their home high school and their college classes at HFC.
Students may still participate in all high school activities as participants in the HFCA (music, athletics, theater, clubs, commencement ceremonies, honors night, prom, homecoming and all other pertinent high school activities). In addition, students receive access to all of the programs and offerings of a true college experience at HFC. When taking classes at HFC, students will be part of the College’s student success program and receive support and encouragement to transfer to a four-year college or university upon completion of their associate’s degree.
The Dearborn Public Schools covers the cost of all classes at HFC, all fees associated with classes and/or enrollment, as well as the cost of books. There is no cost to parents or students to participate in the HFCA. The students and parents are responsible for transportation to and from HFC, however.
HFC and the Dearborn Public Schools are governed by the same Board of Trustees.
Learn more about the Collegiate Academy.
Henry Ford Early College
Henry Ford Early College (HFEC) – a partnership between HFC, the Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) – recently earned a ranking in the 99th percentile of the Top-to-Bottom rankings of Michigan schools. As a result, HFEC is among the top four schools in Wayne County and the only high school in that group.
Launched in 2007, HFEC is one of six “middle college” high schools established in 2006 and funded by state grants. HFEC’s purpose is to prevent students from dropping out of school and prepare them for employment opportunities in health careers. This is a five-year program that students begin at the 9th grade level and complete as a fifth-year senior.
The successful HFEC student will earn a high school diploma and either a health career college certificate through an associate’s degree in a health-related field or up to two years of transferable college credits. As an early college and member of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), HFEC focuses on a small school learning setting, real-world learning experiences, and service learning in an academically challenging environment.
HFEC opened with approximately 40 freshmen in 2007. During the 9th and 10th grades, students are enrolled in high school classes with an emphasis on math and science. They are gradually introduced to dual enrollment college classes, and their schedules in their 12th and 13th years are almost exclusively HFC coursework and clinical rotations at the HFHS. Upon graduation, qualified students are eligible for employment within the HFHS.
Additionally, HFEC has been designated as a Reward School. According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Reward Schools are in the top five percent of the Top-to-Bottom rankings. Further, the MDE adds schools to the list of Reward Schools based on the ability of a school to outperform schools with similar risk factors and demographic composition.
In 2009, HFEC was the recipient of the Innovation of the Year Award from HFC. The Innovation of the Year project is a national initiative of the League for Innovation, an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement with creative ideas and initiatives.
Learn more about Henry Ford Early College.
High School/GED Graduates
Proof of meeting the admission requirements must be provided to the College prior to admission. Proof can be met by providing one of the following:
- An official, final high school transcript that shows proof of graduation with a diploma from a regionally accredited or a state-approved high school;
- An official, final GED scores report or transcript from an official GED testing center showing passing of the GED; or
- An official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university showing proof of a college degree.
Home School Applicants
Home school graduates will require the following to apply and enroll at HFC:
- A parent or guardian certifying that the applicant has completed his or her high school education. This can be accomplished by the parent or guardian providing a signed statement that the student has completed high school or providing a high school transcript showing a diploma from the home school; AND
- Official ACT scores showing the applicant has met or exceeded the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English and math: English of 18 or higher and math of 22 or higher.
Advanced Placement is a program offered to selected students in area high schools which provides the opportunity to accelerate their educational program by taking, in their senior year of high school, one or more subjects which are taught on a college level and which cover material of a college course. Learn more about advanced placement.
HFC welcomes all international student applicants who are prepared to study in the United States. Learn more about becoming a student in the United States by visiting the Student and Exchange Visitor’s program website, Study in the States. Learn more about becoming a student at HFC and the steps required for applying to HFC.
A guest student is one who currently attends another college or university and wishes to take one or more courses at HFC. Students enrolled at another college or university can take classes at HFC as guest students and then return to their current college or university, transferring their credits there from HFC. Learn more about becoming a guest student.
Official Evaluation of Credits from Previous Institutions
HFC welcomes transfer students from institutions of higher education and the United States military. Students may transfer in a maximum of 40 semester credit hours. Transfer equivalent credit may also be awarded for some AP and CLEP tests. Learn more about transferring college credits to HFC.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests allow students to receive college credit for college level subject knowledge they have acquired outside of the classroom. The CLEP tests are transferable. Learn more about CLEP exams and HFC transfer equivalences.
Advanced Standing/Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
This policy has been designed to address the needs of nontraditional students who may have acquired prior college-level learning and/or skills outside the traditional classroom without having earned college credit. Learn more about Advanced Standing/Credit for Prior College-Level Learning.
Dearborn Public School District residents who meet course prerequisites and who are age 60 and older are eligible to take courses at the College tuition-free. Senior citizens must pay uniform fees and specified course fees. Interested individuals should visit the Welcome Center or call 313-845-6403 to express their interest in the program.
Students who complete their program of study must submit an application to receive an associate's degree or a certificate of achievement. Learn more about graduation.
Articulation and Transfer Agreements
Transfer guides are the outlines of classes that students intending to transfer to a 4-year educational institution should follow. HFC Counselors are available to help all students interpret the transfer guides, as well as select or narrow down the choices of a transfer institution. Learn more about transfer agreements.
HFC and Siena Heights University (SHU) have joined together to establish a new University Center on HFC’s main campus. This Center officially opened on May 13, 2014 and is located on the first floor in the HFC Welcome Center. This partnership is the first of its kind for HFC and represents a component of President Stan Jensen’s vision for the College’s future.
“Our collaboration with Siena Heights University on this new University Center will serve as a model for future endeavors like this, and provides a strong foundation for increased student success,” Jensen said. “Providing students the opportunity to complete their first years of college at HFC and save money, then work toward their bachelor’s degree on campus at a high-quality four-year institution like Siena Heights gives them the best of both worlds. They save money, work toward their degree and remain close to home. We’re confident this model will be attractive to all students," he added.
Some of the important benefits of this partnership include:
- SHU undergraduate and graduate classes offered at HFC;
- Availability of evening, weekend and hybrid classes;
- Personalized advising; and
- Transfer-friendly policies and guarantees.
SHU will offer a number of programs at HFC to start. Some of these programs include:
- Bachelor’s of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs;
- Bachelor’s of Multidisciplinary Studies (BA) degree programs;
- Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MA) degree program (taken online); and
- Master’s of Arts in Health Care Leadership (MA) degree program (taken online).
HFC expects to enter into partnership agreements with three to five additional Michigan-based universities in an effort to offer students greater opportunities for upper-level undergraduate and graduate programs at the university level. Overall, the College hopes to establish partnerships with 4-6 four-year institutions.