College Access and Readiness for Everyone (CARE) Program

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The CARE Program is an undergraduate program that allows pre-college DC students to experience success in college by earning college credits, at no cost. Students enrolled in the CARE Program prepare for college by experiencing it firsthand, and receive an array of support services to make a smooth transition to college.


  • Earn credits toward college graduation
  • Collaborate with college peers and faculty
  • Plan for college and career
  • Access all UDC student resources and CARE Program transition resources (i.e. college advisors, peer tutors, faculty ambassadors)


  • Must be enrolled in a DC public or DC public charter school that partners with the UDC-CC CARE Program*
  • Must be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade OR enrolled in a GED program at a participating partner school
  • Must take the ACCUPLACER college placement exam by the application deadline

*The UDC-CC CARE Program partners are listed below.


  • To take a course in summer, the application deadline is April 15th. This application period opens on March 15th.
  • To take a course in fall, the application deadline is June 15th. This application period opens on May 15th.
  • To take a course in spring, the application deadline is October 15th. This application period opens on September 15th.

HOW TO APPLY                                                                  

Complete all three steps (requirements) below by the deadline to participate in dual enrollment.

STEP 1:  Complete the online application at

  • Students must submit an online application for the UDC-CC CARE Dual Enrollment Program by the deadline to be considered. The online application link is available through our office and our school partners. Students should contact their DCPS/DCPCS school counselor or the UDC-CC CARE Program office for application instructions, questions, deadlines, and fee waivers. Students must apply for the CARE Program each semester that they want to participate in dual enrollment.

Note: We are unable to accept late applications.

STEP 2: Submit a recent (DCPS or DCPCS) transcript

Transcript must have student’s mailing address listed.

  • School dual enrollment liaisons/counselors will receive a list of all students who have completed the ACCUPLACER exam and Application. Transcripts will be picked up from each school October 19th – October 25th by CARE staff. Homeschooled students must submit a verification letter from OSSE.

STEP 3:  Take the ACCUPLACER exam.  Sign up at to take it at UDC-CC.

Students must take the ACCUPLACER college placement exam by the application deadline for the applicant to be considered. The ACCUPLACER exam helps determine a student’s specific course options (i.e. whether or not he/she can take college-level Math, Science, English, or other courses). Students do not need to submit their ACCUPLACER exam scores to the CARE Program office as a part of their application. If a student has previously taken the ACCUPLACER exam, they are not required to take it again. However, retaking the exam may improve the score and give a student more course options.


  • At UDC-CC:  Exams are offered several times a year at the UDC-CC (801 North Capitol St NE) campus for CARE Program applicants, approximately one month before each application deadline. To take the ACCUPLACER exam at UDC-CC, sign up at
  • At a Partner School:  A student’s DCPS or DCPCS school may also offer ACCUPLACER exam sessions for CARE Program applicants. Contact the school’s counselor or college and career center for more details.

Note: We highly recommend that students prepare for the ACCUPLACER exam before taking it by reviewing sample questions and other resources at:

CARE Course Options

CARE Program students take credit-bearing, college-level courses at the UDC Community College campus. The majority of students take their dual enrollment courses at the UDC-CC 801 North Capitol St NE campus site, and occasionally, students take courses at the UDC-CC Backus campus site (nearest the Fort Totten Metro station). Dual Enrollment courses count for college credit.

Students that apply to the CARE Program will have the opportunity to meet with a CARE Program college advisor after a student is accepted to the program. During this meeting, a student, the parent/guardian (if desired), and the CARE Program advisor will discuss all college course options, including what course sections are available on what days and times. Course availability and times and days vary by semester. Through the CARE Program, students can dual enroll in the following courses and elective areas:

First Year Seminar
English Composition I and II
Intermediate Algebra
General College Math I and II
Biological Science I and II
Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Public Speaking
Introduction to Logic
Computer Science/IT
Social Sciences
Beginning Spanish
Beginning French
And more!

Dual Credit

Many District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) or District of Columbia Public Charter Schools (DCPCS) partner schools offer dual credit (i.e. high school credit for taking and earning credit in a UDC-CC course in the CARE Program). Please contact the schools or the CARE program office for a list of dual credit course options in the CARE program.


  • Enrolling at UDC or UDC-CC after graduation? UDC-CC courses taken in the CARE Program will count as regular UDC-CC courses toward UDC-CC majors (either as required or elective courses).
  • Enrolling anywhere else after graduation? It is the responsibility of the student to 1) order an official UDC transcript after the course has finished, and 2) submit the UDC transcript to the college or university’s Admissions or advisor who will determine how UDC credits transfer into that institution (i.e. as required or core courses or as elective courses or not accepted).


The following schools partner with the UDC-CC CARE Program for dual enrollment:

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (includes all DCPS public high schools, alternative schools, and STAY programs)
  • The following District of Columbia Public Charter Schools (DCPCS):
    • Academy of Hope PCS
    • Capital City PCS Upper School
    • Cesar Chavez PCS (Capitol Hill and Parkside)
    • Friendship PCS (Collegiate Academy and Tech Prep)
    • IDEA PCS
    • LAYC Career Academy PCS
    • LAYC The Next Step PCS
    • LAYC YouthBuild PCS
    • Maya Angelou PCS
    • National Collegiate Prep PCS
    • Paul PCS
    • Somerset Prep Academy PCS
    • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
    • Washington Latin PCS
    • Washington Math and Science Tech PCS


To learn more about the CARE Program, email:

CARE Program Staff:

Robyn Ellis, Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach or 202.274.5123

Dominique Footes, Program Coordinator College Readiness or 202.274.7088