Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Jump start your college education while you’re still in high school

Dual Enrollment at Arcadia University is an exciting opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves by taking a university course during both their junior and senior year.

The very thought of college leaves high school students with numerous questions, most frequently about being prepared for college-level learning. Students who elect Dual Enrollment at Arcadia University resoundingly say that the courses and their experiences reassure them they are better prepared to take on college.

Different than AP courses, Dual Enrollment offers actual college-level courses taught by Arcadia professors. Students earn undergraduate college credits from Arcadia University, a Middle States accredited institution, at a 70% discounted tuition.

Information for School Counselors

Benefits of Dual Enrollment courses with Arcadia University

  • Allows students to receive high school and college credit simultaneously if selected as part of their high school's agreement.
  • Begin accumulating credits toward a college degree. Courses offered are typically required by most colleges as general education requirements.
  • Enables you to explore different fields of study while considering your college major
  • Make a more seamless transition from high school and discover how college learning is different.
  • Lowers the cost of a post-secondary education.
Additional Benefits
  • Taking a Dual Enrollment course will help you demonstrate the ability to handle more difficult coursework. This is something every college admissions officer wants to see.
  • According to collegeboard.com, most students change their majors at least once. Taking a college class as a high school senior can help you find your area of interest before the pressure is on to declare a major.

Our Mission

The Dual Enrollment opportunity offered through Arcadia University is an enrichment activity that allows qualified high school students to earn college credits. Courses are offered on the main campus or in a cohort format at the student’s high school. Dual Enrollment is designed to encourage a broad range of students to experience post-secondary education at a reduced cost. The result is a relevant, experientially rich and academically sound educational experience for the high school student.

Enrollment Eligibility

The student must be a junior or senior in high school (transcript required) and meet the following requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher 
  • Recommended for academic readiness by the high school guidance counselor/ principal 
  • Obtain signed approval to participate by parent(s)/legal guardians(s)
  • Demonstrated satisfactory performance on any required university placement testing (English, Math, and Modern Language)
  • Meet any of the prerequisites for specific courses, as required

Course Selection and Transferability

Dual Enrollment students can take classes in two settings: on Arcadia's Glenside campus where students take classes with traditional undergraduates, or in the students' high school with courses taught by Arcadia faculty. Arcadia University is a regionally accredited institution and credits should be eligible to transfer to other four-year colleges and universities. Arcadia cannot guarantee transferability to other institutions. Students should consult with the institution of their choice to determine transferability. 

Academic Advising

Arcadia believes that providing students with an ongoing, comprehensive, personal interactive experience advising process is important for student success. We are committed to providing students with the guidance necessary to make appropriate academics and career decisions. Each student works with a program coach to asist them in registration and throughout the semester.


All students enrolled in Dual Enrollment will be charged fees at the rate established in the program agreement with their high school. Fees associated with dropping and withdrawal policy follow established university policies. All payment is due at time of registration, unless the high school has made alternate arrangements with Arcadia.