Dual Studies

Looking to get some college credit under your belt before picking up your high school diploma? Cleveland State Community College can help with that! Through our dual-enrollment program, we’ve given countless individuals a head start on their college careers. Read on to find out how you can make dual enrollment work for you.

Dual Enrollment

All dual-enrollment classes are taught by college-qualified faculty. College credit and possible high school credit is awarded when you successfully complete the course. College credit earned through dual enrollment typically transfers to other institutions of higher education. A dual-enrollment class may be taken in various ways. You can register to take a dual-enrollment class on CSCC’s campus, at your high school or through an online/video course delivery. If you take a dual enrollment course, you’re responsible for paying CSCC tuition for the course. As a dual-enrollment student, you may qualify for financial assistance.

Dual Enrollment Course Offerings

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For more information about Cleveland State’s dual-enrollment program, call 423-614-8734 or email Jan Peterson at jpeterson@clevelandstatecc.edu.

Criteria for Dual-Enrollment Eligibility

To participate in the dual/joint program, you must be cleared by your high school administration/guidance office and meet Cleveland State’s dual student admission requirements.
Requirements are as follows:

A. Criteria for General Education Dual/Joint Enrollment

  • Classified as a freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 high school GPA (based on a 4-point scale) or a 4.0 in the previous four semesters in the subject you wish to take.
  • Have an ACT or ACT Plan sub-test score of 18 or higher in English, 19 or higher in Math and Reading in the subject you wish to take. Comparable SAT scores are accepted.

If you don’t meet the ACT or ACT Plan sub-score requirements, you can challenge the scores in an attempt to become eligible. Your challenge is made in the following ways:
COMPASS Test – Not make at least a 18 or higher in English, 19 or higher in Math and Reading in the sub-score area of the course you want to take? You can take that section of the COMPASS Test to try to qualify. To get started, schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS by calling 423-614-8734. A $20 fee must be paid to take the COMPASS.

B. Criteria for Business/Technical Dual/Joint Enrollment

  • Classified as a freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Have appropriate scores from ACT or ACT Plan.

Students who meet criteria for General Education dual/joint enrollment, or one year of Algebra or Math for Technology I and II with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in these courses. The Technology Department requires one year of physics, chemistry, principles of technology or physical science with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The Business Department requires one year of English or applied communications with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

C. Developmental Courses (These courses do not qualify for lottery grant)

  • Classified as a freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior.
  • Have appropriate ACT scores.
  • Have a cumulative 2.5 high school GPA (based on a 4-point scale).
  • Undergo a screening interview at CSCC.

For more information about Cleveland State’s dual-enrollment program, call 423-614-8734 or email Jan Peterson.