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Dual Enrollment


Important information


Spring 2017 registration
Registration for Spring 2017 is currently underway. Before new students can register, they must complete steps 1-4 as listed on the Admissions Checklist for new students located on the right-hand side of this page. 

What is Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment provides the perfect opportunity for high school students to reap the rewards of college coursework while still in high school.  The program allows high school students to earn college and high school credit for the same course.  Students enroll in college-level courses that are taught at their high school or attended at one of our campuses.


Why should I participate?

Dual Enrollment students have the opportunity to acquire college credit while satisfying their high school credits.  Students are able to participate in challenging college-level courses while getting a head start on completing a future college credential and potentially saving money in the process.


What are the eligibility criteria?

To qualify for any general education and business courses students must have an unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and meet the following minimum English and reading scores on a college admissions test as listed below. PLAN ACT and PSAT scores are not permissible for seniors

  • ACT or PLAN ACT score of 18 in English and 19 in Reading
  • SAT or PSAT score of 500 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

In addition to both the English and reading score cutoffs above, to take a math or science class students are required to have the following math test score in the math section of the college admissions test that they completed. Math score cutoffs for ACT, PLAN ACT, SAT, and PSAT for popular dual enrollment math and science courses are as follows. 

  • ACT or PLAN ACT 19, SAT or PSAT 500
    -MATH 1530: Elementary Probability and Statistics
    -MATH 1010: Survey of Mathematics
    -Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Botany
    -Most business courses
  • ACT or PLAN ACT 21, SAT or PSAT 530
    -MATH 1130: College Algebra
    -Chemistry
  • ACT or PLAN ACT 22, SAT or PSAT 540
    -MATH 1710:Precalculus Algebra
  • ACT or PLAN ACT 23, SAT or PSAT 560
    -MATH 1730:Precalculus
  • ACT or PLAN ACT 26, SAT or PSAT 590
    -MATH 1910-Calculus

To qualify for non-general education, non-business courses, you must:

  • Have an unweighted high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have a minimum of 13's on each sub-section of the ACT or PLAN ACT or minimum of 340 on each section of the SAT or 380 on each section of the PSAT. PLAN ACT and PSAT are not permissible for seniors.  
  • Meet the minimum requirements for the course you wish to take

*NOTE:  Only juniors and seniors are eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant.


Am I a good fit?

Students and parents should ask the following questions when considering Dual Enrollment:
  • Are you mature?
  • Are you responsible?
  • Do you take initiative?
  • Are you a good student?
  • Are you ready to make the sacrifices necessary to perform well in your college courses?

Each of these qualities present a significant advantage and are typically found in successful Dual Enrollment students. 


I'm interested.  What do I do now?

Please view the Dual Enrollment Checklist for details and next steps. 

Things to be aware of

Dual Enrollment students are treated the same as all other Pellissippi State students.  In fact, unless a student self-discloses, it is entirely possible that his or her professor will never know that a dual enrollment student is in the class.  It is also important to remember that Dual Enrollment courses become part of a student's permanent college transcript.  No matter where you plan to attend college after graduation, a copy of your Pellissippi transcript will be required.  Finally, please keep in mind that college professors cannot speak with parents about student attendance, grades, etc. unless the student signs a waiver form.  This is true even if the student is a minor.

More questions?

Feel free to take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.