Dual Enrollment at Penn State

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

Dual Enrollment Background

Penn State offers dual enrollment to high school students who would like to attend a Penn State campus to take college courses. Qualified students earn college credits and experience the workload of a college class through this program.

Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are part of one transcript recognized at all Penn State campuses. Dual 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 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 enrollment courses are taught by faculty approved to teach high school students. You can find a list of approved dual enrollment courses here. Additional guidelines for dual enrollment students available on the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) website.

How to Apply

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

  • Official high school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal
  • Standardized test scores such as SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, PSSA, Keystone Exam, etc. are preferred, but not required.

The non-degree enrollment form states that it should be returned University Registrar, but dual enrollment applications must be sent to Undergraduate Admissions.

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 enrollment, please contact the campus you would like to attend for additional information.