Is dual enrollment a good idea?

By now you may have heard about, or even already taken, a dual enrollment course. These are courses designed to help students receive credit toward a degree before regular enrollment. The idea is that this might lead to higher levels of student enrollment and success.

If so, you may wonder: are these dual enrollment courses associated with good outcomes? A 2007 study found that Florida students who participated in dual enrollment were 16% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education than similar students who did not participate. These students were also more likely to enroll in four-year programs, enroll full time, and persist to the second year of college. The same report found that students at the City University of New York who had participated in dual enrollment earned an average of 10.6 more credits and achieved a higher average GPA than students who had not.

Given that these courses often use college textbooks and syllabi, and that they can be relevant to the student's path toward degree completion, these positive results aren't too shocking!

Your guidance counselor can tell you about dual enrollment opportunities that may be available to you.

  1. Karp, M. M., Calcagno, J. C., Hughes, K. L., Jeong. D. W., & Bailey, T. R. (2007). The postsecondary achievement of participants in dual enrollment: An analysis of student outcomes in two states. St. Paul, MN: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Minnesota.