Admissions :: Dual Enrollment

About Dual Enrollment

Any high school student who is a junior or senior and resides in the college's service area is eligible to participate in the dual enrollment program offered by his/her local high school. Students must:

  • have their parent's permission
  • have their guidance counselor’s permission to enroll in dual courses
  • complete both PART I and PART II of the online application
  • successfully complete the Virginia Placement Testing (VPT) required for the course before they can be accepted into the dual-enrolled class
  • successfully satisfy all pre-requisites required for the Dual Enrollment Course

In some instances, students who are not yet juniors or seniors may register for dual enrollment classes with special permission from their high school principal or guidance counselor. To do this, they must complete the Request for Special Circumstance Admission form. This request will need to be approved by the VWCC Department Head or Dual Enrollment Coordinator and by the College President prior to course registration.

Dual Enrollment students must earn a "C" or better in their class, or they will not be able to progress to sequential courses in that content area. All pre-requisites for a course require a grade of "C" or better. Acceptance of AP, IB, CLEP or Industry Credentialing Examinations for pre-requisite requirements is at the discretion of the VWCC program Dean or VWCC curriculum department head. Requests will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Fees and Refunds

Virginia Western's President, Dr. R Sandel announced in March, 2013 that VWCC Dual Enrollment classes offered at the area high schools and taught by high school faculty would have no tuition costs to the students.

Since participating in a dual enrollment class is a voluntary option for students, local school systems might choose to determine if fees are appropriate for instructional materials beyond those used in the non-dual equivalent class. These fees are determined by each local school system and not by Virginia Western. Fees may vary from one school system to another.

Dual Enrollment Academy classes taught by VWCC staff will be offered at substantial tuition discounts.

Virginia Western does not refund fees to students taking dual enrolled classes if they decide to drop a class. Each school system has its own refund policy for students who drop dual enrolled classes. Check with the school's guidance personnel concerning refunds.

Full VWCC tuition will be charged to students who would like to enroll in a VWCC class, taught on our campus (or satellite campus) or on-line by VWCC staff. High school credit for these classes would be at the discretion of the school district.

Financial Aid

Students who are still attending high school are not eligible for any financial aid programs offered through the college.

Some school systems may offer some form of financial assistance to students who wish to take dual enrollment courses.  Check with your high school guidance counselor to determine if financial assistance is available through your school system for dual enrolled classes.

Teacher Credentials

All high school teachers who are dual enrollment instructors have been fully credentialed by Virginia Western Community College in compliance with the regulations and criteria established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition, once a high school teacher is credentialed as a dual enrollment instructor, he or she also becomes an adjunct faculty member for Virginia Western Community College. This credentialing process insures that all dual enrollment instructors meet the necessary criteria for not only teaching dual enrolled college-level courses at their home school but, also, should the occasion arise, be eligible to teach on-campus classes for the college. Classes taught by these instructors typically transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Career and technical education teachers are required to have at least a bachelor's degree and/or three to five years of experience in their teaching field.

Transferability of Course Credits

Virginia Western Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our dual enrollment instructors have met the criteria for their credentialing as college-level instructors in their particular field of teaching.

Unlike advanced placement and international baccalaureate programs, dual enrollment classes carry college credit and are not dependent on a particular score on a standardized testing instrument before a college will grant credit for the various courses taken in these programs. Students who elect college-level courses should experience little difficulty in transferring these credits to four-year colleges and universities after they graduate from high school.

An Approved List of Transfer Courses can be found here, and in the Virginia Western Community College catalog.

A list of Virginia colleges transfer policies can be found here. (PDF)

Taking Classes on Campus

Students who are still attending a local high school and who wish to take a college class on the VWCC campus need to have permission from their parents and their school principal or counselor. The principal or school counselor needs to complete the Virginia Western Community College High School/Home-School Enrollment Procedures Form. The form will need to be presented to the VWCC Admissions Office personnel before they will be allowed to register for on-campus classes. Registration for classes must be completed in the Admissions Office.

Classes taken on campus will carry the full cost of the class at the current rate of tuition, and the student is responsible for the cost of the class(es) and not the local school system. Local school divisions will determine if classes taken on the VWCC campus can be transferred back to the high school in order to complete certain graduation requirements.

Home-Schooled Students

Dual enrollment is restricted to high school juniors and seniors and home-schooled students studying the high school junior or senior levels. All students admitted under this section must demonstrate a readiness for college, meet the applicable college placement requirements, and address all other college admission criteria. Home-schooled students must provide a copy of a home-school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/legal guardian declaring home-school for religious exemption. Documentation of parental permission is required for all dual enrollment students.

Exceptions for admission may be considered for freshman and sophomore level students who are able to demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework. Because the enrollment of freshman and sophomore students is considered exceptional, each freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis and will require formal approval of the college president or his designee. Enrollment of freshman and sophomore level students will also require the approval of the appropriate division dean. Other conditions, as deemed appropriate by the president or his designee, and/or school dean, may apply.

Home-schooled students who are under 18 years of age, and who wish to take a college class or classes on the VWCC campus, will need to call the Admissions Office at 540-857-7131 and indicate that they are home schooled and request information concerning admission and registration for classes.

Home-schooled students must successfully complete the Virginia Placement Testing (VPT) required for the course and satisfy all course pre-requisites.

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