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What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment is academic programming that enables high school junior and seniors to take college courses that satisfy high school graduation and college credit requirements.

Who is eligible to be a dual-enrolled student?

At Messiah College, high-achieving high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for dual enrollment. We welcome dual-enrolled students from public, private, charter, home and cyber schools. Learn more about eligiblity requirements.

What do I need to do to apply?

View our application website for additional details.

Where are dual-enrollment courses held?

Messiah College offers several options for dual-enrollment courses:
  • Traditional classroom courses at Messiah's main campus, located in Mechanicsburg, Pa., during the academic year;
  • Online courses during the summer;
  • Courses offered at select local high schools during the academic year.

What is the cost, and how many classes may a dual-enrolled student take?

Whether you take a dual enrollment course on our campus, at a local high school, or during the summer online-as a dual-enrolled student at Messiah College, you may take a maximum of seven credits per semester at a significantly discounted rate of $150 per credit. The majority of courses are three credits, or a total of $450 per course. Students wishing to take more than seven credits may do so at the current part-time student per-credit rate.

Is dual enrollment right for me?

Dual enrollment is open to motivated high school juniors and seniors in public, private, charter, home or cyber schools. It is a challenging, enriching and rewarding experience, but it may not be suitable for everyone.
  • Are you a high achiever? Do you enjoy challenging yourself academically? Do you maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher?
  • Are you eager to explore coursework through the framework of both faith and intellect?
  • Do you have excellent time management skills?
  • Do you want a real-world college experience?
  • Are you considering pursuing a college degree in three years?
  • Do you want to gain a head start on your academic and career goals?

If so, Messiah College's dual-enrollment program might be right for you!

Will there be any additional expenses?

  • Dual-enrolled students are expected to purchase their own textbooks. Our bookstore's Textbook Express will make your required textbooks available to you at a reasonable cost prior to the start of the semester.
  • High school host sites charge an additional $75 application fee for dual-enrollment courses. Visit our Courses & Locations page for details.
  • Dual-enrolled students taking summer online courses will be responsible for a computer and Internet service.
  • Students will also be responsible for costs associated with transportation costs to Messiah's campus or that of a host high school.  

What's the difference between an AP class and dual enrollment?

Advanced Placement (AP) students prepare for college by experiencing college-level coursework taught by high school faculty. Students may receive college credit for the course if they score high enough on a final exam. Dual-enrolled high school students are taught by college professors and actually earn college credits the same way a college student would-by taking and passing a college course.

Is Messiah College course credit transferable to other colleges?

Yes, Messiah College is a regionally accredited college, so its courses transfer to other institutions. Depending on the college and the course of study, a Messiah College course may transfer as a general education course, a major requirement or a free elective. As long as a student earns a C or higher, the course should transfer.

Does being a dual-enrolled student at Messiah guarantee me a place at Messiah as a full-time student pursing a four-year degree?

No, you must apply separately for four-year admission to Messiah College. Messiah's Admissions Office, however, will certainly consider your previous success as a dual-enrolled student within a Messiah College class.