Dual enrollment programs allow students who are enrolled in a secondary school to become involved in another academic program of higher learning. This is most commonly exercised by high school students who are simultaneously enrolled in courses at a community college or university.
It may sound intimidating, but dual enrollment programs offer students way more benefits than just a doubled course load. Dual enrollment is recommended for students seeking an elevated level of learning while in high school and who are committed towards getting a head-start on their college education.
Below are some of the benefits students will gain by registering to participate in dual enrollment.
- Increase chances of receiving your high school diploma
- Earn college credits while in high school
- Higher cumulative GPA
- Increase your sense of independence
- Demonstrate ability to manage difficult coursework to colleges and admissions officers
- Ability to take college credits for free in high school (once in college, you have to pay!)
- Gives you the opportunity to take prerequisite courses while in high school
- Establish relationships with college professors early on (keep in touch with them if you go away to college!)
- Ease transition from high school curriculum into academic rigor of a college environment
- Develop career goals before declaring major ➔ Saves time, graduate earlier
- Opportunity to go right into taking core coursework for your major as a freshman
- Boosts student confidence and motivation when first entering college away from comfort of home
- Encourages you to enroll and complete your Bachelor’s at a 4-year college institution rather than just a 2-year Associates Degree program
- Save money by getting credit for the free college courses you enrolled in while in high school
- Encourages you to take less basic-skill courses in college