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High School Students

Dual enrollment applies to high school students who are enrolled in one or more college courses for which they will receive BOTH high school and college credits. Agreements must exist between the high school and the college/university for the simultaneous award of credit.


Joint enrollment applies to high school students who are enrolled in one or more college courses for which they will earn college credit ONLY.

Dual/Joint Enrollment

Dual/joint enrollment courses are taught by college professors at the college campus, the high school or online. The location of the course does not affect its status. Dual/joint enrollment students should be aware that college courses are designed for the traditional college age student and adults. The course may expose the student to content, language, discussions and approaches appropriate for adults.

Courses are not expected to count toward the student’s high school diploma unless the student has made prior arrangement with the high school, umbrella school and/or local board of education. The student is responsible for obtaining verification of transfer credit to their chosen university.

Benefits of Dual/Joint Enrollment
  1. Earn college credits with affordable tuition
  2. Broaden opportunities for academic challenge and expanded course selection
  3. Transition seamlessly from high school to college
  4. Start early earning credit toward a college degree by completing common core curriculum that transfers easily to Tennessee's public colleges and universities
Admission Steps for Dual/Joint Enrollment
  1. Meet the grade level requirements (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior status) and grade point average specified by your high school.
  2. Meet minimum sub-score requirements on the ACT math, reading and English sections.
  3. Choose courses through consultation with your high school counselor and a college advisor to ensure the classes taken do not overlap or conflict with your overall high school program.
  4. Meet all prerequisites of the course(s) in which you wish to enroll.
  5. Obtain written permission from high school officials and your parents or guardians.
  6. Submit a completed MMR Varicella immunization form if enrolling in 12 or more college credit hours (4 or more college courses) in the same term.

Dual Credit

Dual credit and dual enrollment are different!

Dual credit is a program that allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit for college courses that are equivalent to the high school course(s) they are taking. Under dual credit, the high school course is aligned to post secondary standards and the course is taught by a high school faculty member.

College credit is earned by passing a comprehensive end-of-course exam that covers the competencies of the college course. The exam is administered at the high school. College credit earned through Dual Credit will transfer at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is up to the individual student to contact the receiving college/university to verify if the credit earned will transfer.

2015-16 Statewide Dual Credit Courses:
  • College Algebra/Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice I
  • Statistics
  • Health Information Technology
  • Agriculture Business Finance 
  • Greenhouse Management
Steps to Earning Dual Credit
  1. Talk to your high school teacher or school counselor to determine if your school participates or is eligible to participate in the Dual Credit program.
  2. Submit a completed Dual Credit Application, exam fee and a copy of your high school transcript to the college by the specified deadline.
  3. If you pass the end-of-course exam, the college will notify you about next steps. Typically, a passing score is 70% or higher on the exam, but it is up to the institution to determine the standard for earning college credit.
  4. College credit is not awarded or applied to your transcript until you complete a college admissions application and pay the application fee.

  • Always consult the institution’s Bulletin/Catalog for the most current information on admission policies, procedures and credentials which are subject to change without notification. 
  • Full-time distance learning students are exempt from submitting proof of immunization documentation as required by the Tennessee Department of Health.