Dual Enrollment programs provide high school students a unique opportunity to jump-start their college career.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, college credits earned prior to high school graduation reduce the average time-to-degree and increase the likelihood of graduation. For parents, it’s an opportunity to reduce future college expenses by shortening the time to college graduation.
Dual enrollment allows qualified high school students to enroll in college coursework while still in high school.
Courses are taught by full or part-time faculty who meet VCCS credentialing requirements and credit for dual enrollment course is generally accepted at all Virginia private and public colleges.
It’s important that students and their parents understand that the amount of work necessary to succeed in dual enrollment courses is greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become part of permanent college transcripts so it’s essential that students do well in these courses to realize all the benefits of dual enrollment which include:
- A quality, affordable education close to home
- Enriched course opportunities for outstanding high school students both in academic coursework and in career and technical education
- Students enter college with credits applicable to their degree program
- Students gain understanding of the rigor of college work as well as college faculty expectations
- Access to college resources, facilities and services such as advising and career counseling
So, who is eligible for Dual Enrollment programs?
Interested students must first take the college placement exam. They must also meet the following criteria:
- High school juniors or seniors attending a public or private school (exceptional freshman and sophomores may be eligible with approval from both high school principal and college president)
- Meet or exceed college placement requirements
- Receive a recommendation from a high school official
- Parental consent provided prior to student enrollment
Home-schooled students are also eligible for the program. These students are urged to contact their local community college to discuss the options available to them.