Dual Credit Enrollment at Penn State

Dual enrollment is an opportunity to take one or more college classes at Penn State while in high school.

Dual Credit Enrollment Background

Penn State offers dual credit enrollment to high school students who would like to attend one of the Penn State's 20 undergraduate campuses to take college courses. Qualified students earn college credits and experience the workload of a college class through this program.

Dual credit enrollment in not available through the Penn State World Campus.

Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are part of one transcript recognized at all Penn State campuses. Dual credit enrollment credit may also be transferred to another college or university.

Students who have completed their junior year or are currently in their senior year of high school are eligible for dual enrollment. Exceptions for high school juniors and underclass students are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Dual credit enrollment students may take up to 8 credits per semester. Most students take one or two courses per 16-week semester in addition to or in place of high school coursework.

Dual credit enrollment courses are taught by faculty approved to teach high school students. You can find a list of approved dual credit enrollment courses here. Additional guidelines for dual credit enrollment students available on the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) website.

How to Apply

If you are interested in pursuing dual credit enrollment courses at Penn State, please submit a non-degree high school enrollment form to Undergraduate Admissions, along with the following:

  • A non-degree high school enrollment form signed by your high school counselor or principal.
  • High school transcript
  • Students who have not completed their 11th grade year of high school must also submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor, or principal .

The dual credit enrollment applications must be returned to the admissions office at the campus where enrollment is planned.

Penn State Campuses

Dual Credit Enrollment Application Deadlines

Please be aware of the following application deadlines:

  • August 1 for fall semester (late August-mid-December)
  • December 1 for spring semester (mid-January-late April)
  • June 1 for summer session (late June-early August)

Next Steps

If admitted, you will receive an email with instructions about the steps to obtain a computer access account. You will need this account in order to schedule courses through Penn State's student information system (LionPATH).

If you have questions about dual credit enrollment, please contact the campus you would like to attend for additional information.