I often get questions about my dual enrollment experience, so I decided to create a Q&A for all of you! I have been a dual enrollment student with University of West Georgia for two years now! I take all online classes and attend a fully online high school. For more information on my high school experience, please click here!
What is dual enrollment?
Dual enrollment, also called Move On When Ready where I live, is a program in which a high school student can be enrolled simultaneously in high school and college. Students can take a college course and receive both high school and college credit. For example, if you take English Composition I at the college level, you can receive credit for that class in addition to an 11th English class.
Do they offer it everywhere?
it is on a state by state basis, but many states do offer it. The only states that do not currently offer it are: Alaska, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania (closed due to inadequate state funds). If you are interested and your state doesn’t offer it, I would suggest contacting a local institution and see if something could be arranged.Please note that while the names of the program different states may differ, the concept is the same. For more information, please click here!
How do I get into it?
My number one advice would be to ask a school counselor, academic advisor, or a teacher. How it works in my state is that I contacted my counselor, she was able to give me some helpful information about where to apply and what resources were available to me. Then, I picked a local school in my area and contacted the academic office. There was a specific person in there that is the Dual Enrollment Advisor, so she was able to tell me the next steps to take. Next, I had to gather all the requirements to apply for the college, which were the same as the regular admission requirements. I took the ACT, gathered my transcripts and recommendations, then sent them to the college. They were able to accept my application as a dual enrollment student and sign me up for classes! As I stated earlier, please contact someone at your school and/or the college you are looking to dual enroll in so you can go through the proper channels and no applications or transcripts will be lost. Also, be sure to prepare early! If you are looking to do dual enrollment for the Spring 2017 semester, I would start contacting academic advisors in October 2016 at the latest. Be sure to budget your time!
How difficult is it?
To be frank, it is challenging. They are college level classes, not like AP or Honors. It is a rigorous course load and the professors expect the same level of work out of you that they do their other students. It requires more extensive note-taking than a high school level course. But, the reward of being able to accomplish these classes and have a smoother transition to college makes it worth it!
What classes have you taken?
The classes I have taken so far are:
- English Composition I
- English Composition II
- American Literature
- U.S. History
- Human Communication
- Personal Wellness
The classes I am taking for the 2016-17 school year are:
- World Literature
- College Algebra
- Introduction To Oceanography