What Is Dual Enrollment — And What's So Great About It

Over the past decade, the number of American high school students taking community college classes has continued to grow. According to a nationally representative study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, about a third of U.S. high school students (34%) took dual enrollment courses in high school. 

What is dual enrollment? In a nutshell, dual enrollment (also called concurrent enrollment) is a way for students to earn college credit while still in high school and prove that they are college-ready — equally important, dual enrollment can save students and families significant tuition dollars. 

That’s the case with Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA)  dual enrollment program where students (typically high school juniors and seniors and equivalent home-schooled students) can fulfill high school requirements and earn college credit at the same time. NOVA’s program offers these students a jumpstart on an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree by fulfilling some introductory course requirements before they get to college. 

"Dual enrollment courses are a great way to begin your college education," says Amy Nearman, the Director of Dual Enrollment at NOVA. "They serve the dual purpose of earning both high school credits for graduation requirements as well as beginning that college transcript — with one course. Students can avoid having..."

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