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High School Dual Enrollment

High School Dual Enrollment

Penn State Lehigh Valley offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a 50 percent tuition reduction. The high school dual enrollment program is designed for exceptional students who wish to enroll in a maximum of eight credits per semester as a supplement to their high school level courses.

Eligibility

Dual enrollment is open to high school juniors and seniors. Typical applicants have a 3.0 GPA and a combined evidence-based reading + writing and math score of at least 1000. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the admissions staff.

Applying to the Program

Applicants for the dual enrollment program should complete the following application procedure:

  1. Obtain and submit a letter of support from their high school guidance counselor or principal
  2. Obtain and submit official high school transcripts
  3. Submit standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT, or PSSAs)
  4. Complete and submit the Dual Enrollment Application (which should be obtained by contacting the Director of Admissions (mdamweber@admissions.psu.edu)

Academic Options

High school seniors may enroll in up to 8 credits per semester, beginning in the summer prior to their senior year. High school juniors may enroll in up to 4 credits per semester, beginning in the summer prior to their junior year. In order to remain in the high school dual enrollment program, students must earn a grade of C or better in each course.

Dual Enrollment Course List – Summer 2017

Cost

Penn State Lehigh Valley offers college courses at a 50 percent tuition reduction for students taking part in the dual enrollment program for a maximum of 8 credits per semester. Fees for books, technology, and activities will also be applied. It is the student's responsibility to arrange tuition payment. Any questions regarding the tuition bill should be directed to the Penn State Lehigh Valley Bursar's Office at 610-285-5060.

PACPSL Compliance Statement

Annually, over 600 high school students schedule college courses from a multitude of disciplines at Penn State campuses. Additional information regarding Penn State’s dual enrollment eligibility and registration process can be found on this webpage.

Per recent changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (PACPSL), Penn State Lehigh Valley will continue to provide courses for qualified dual enrolled students, fully compliant with the required background checking requirements listed below:

Faculty who teach classes in which dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are registered, as well as staff who provide professional or support services, such as advising, counseling, or tutoring and students who serve in peer roles such as advising, mentoring, or tutoring to these students, are required by State law to have the following three clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report). Effective January 1, 2016, all individuals (current employees and new hires) interacting with dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are required to have valid clearances in place.

In order to ensure compliance in all future semesters, Penn State Lehigh Valley will identify sections of courses that typically enroll the most high school students and can confirm that faculty teaching these courses have completed the required background checks. This course list will be shared with current and future dual enrolled students through their guidance counselors and academic advisers and through print and web information.

In addition, staff and students who provide services such as academic advising, tutoring and mentoring will be required to complete the three required background checks.