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Dual Enrollment?

I have some opportunities to take dual enrollment in local colleges (as a high school student.) I took one course because I wanted to, and probably will take the course of action that interest me most, but what do colleges and employers think about it?

I am not concerned about hurting my college transcript, as I study hard and wouldn't not take a class if I was interested but thought my grade would be low, rather, I am curious as to if this really has a greater impact.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Nadia! I think dual enrollment is great! I took English Composition as a senior at my high school with my English teacher; it was offered through our community college. First it saved me a ton of money, I only paid 300 for both classes both first and second semester where as in college it can be more expensive. Second, in college many of my friends were taking the course and it was seen to be hard work and difficult and time consuming too; I mean in college this is normal so it isn't a big deal but the issue is that with a gen ed class it did get difficult for some of my friends pursuing harder classes such as chemistry and lab. Taking it as a high school student I think I learned so much and even improved my writing; it was nice to have my English teacher from Freshmen year teach the course. If you can definitely knock out some gen ed classes as a high school student and have them count for transfer credits (make sure you can transfer the credits) I would give it a try! It can save money and ease the course load as mentioned.
Best of luck!
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Bill’s Answer

Dual enrollment is a great way to set yourself apart from others early on. It shows you as a go getter when applying to colleges and if you are able to graduate HS with your Associates Degree, it will help get you into college. If you have your Associates Degree, four year colleges can look at you as either a new freshman OR as a transfer student.

My daughter was self motivated to graduate HS with honors and an Associates Degree knowing she wanted to get into the University of Florida which is a competitive school to get into. Ultimately, she was accepted as a transfer student while several of her classmates who had better GPA's were not. Key here is hard work pays off.

Good luck on your future endeavors and I hope this helps.

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Kiirsten’s Answer

Hello Nadia!

I took dual enrollment classes during high school. I love that you said you already took a course just because you wanted to-- that's awesome! You also said you study hard-- I'm not too familiar with dual enrollment nowadays, but when I went to high school, in my senior year, I took a dual-enrollment math class (two different classes- one per semester) and a few AP classes. Dual enrollment classes actually got me more credits in a shorter amount of time than my AP classes-- so I ended up going to college a bit ahead, all while saving money because community college courses are often cheaper than university courses.

Good luck!
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