Why take dual enrollment courses?
Studies show that students who acquire college credits while in high school are more likely to graduate and continue their education beyond high school. Taking dual enrollment classes allows you to progress towards both your high school and post-secondary education goals at the same time. If you choose carefully, courses might eliminate duplication of coursework you need for both high school and college. You can reduce the time and cost of a post-secondary educationallowing you to complete your post secondary education on time, and possibly sooner. You will gain confidence in your ability to do college work and it will probably be easier to start classes on a college campus when you graduate from high school.
Is dual enrollment right for everyone?
The dual enrollment program is an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate education opportunities. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree and save money with free tuition and textbooks. Students should understand, however, that dual enrollment courses are college courses and the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student’s permanent college transcript and are calculated into the student’s permanent postsecondary GPA. It is important to do well in these courses to realize all the benefits of dual enrollment.
Will dual enrollment courses transfer to other colleges and universities?
Since most dual enrollment college credits are entry level college courses, the likelihood is high that those credits will transfer to any public college or university. However, if students do not, upon high school graduation, attend the same college or university where they earned the dual enrollment credit, the application of transfer credit to general education, prerequisite, and degree programs may vary at the receiving institution.