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Getting Started - High School & Home-Schooled Students

In accordance with Virginia Community College System policy, 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 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 and/or dean, may apply.

Although the enrollment of high school juniors and seniors has the potential to enrich their academic program, it is not intended to substitute for the traditional high school experience. Federal regulations do not permit financial aid to be awarded to students who are simultaneously enrolled in a public, private, or home-school educational program. Additionally, high school and home-schooled students are not eligible to enroll in a curriculum of study at the college until they have earned a high school diploma or GED, completed their home-school requirements, or are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance.

The college has dual enrollment agreements with local school systems to offer college-level courses for juniors and seniors at the high school location. Enrollment in these courses is initiated through the student's high school and is approved by the college’s Dual Enrollment Coordinator.

Virginia Western has developed the following admission and registration procedures to assist high school and home-schooled students in meeting their educational goals:

1. Apply to Virginia Western

Please Note: You will need your Social Security Number when applying for Dual Enrollment at Virginia Western, so be sure to have your Social Security Card with you during the application process.

There are three ways to apply to Virginia Western:

  • Review instructions and apply online.
  • Download the VWCC Application in PDF format. Return the completed application to the Virginia Western Admissions Office in Chapman Hall Rm 108, by fax at 540-857-6163 or by mail at:

    Admissions Office
    Virginia Western Community College
    P.O. Box 14007
    Roanoke, VA 24038
  • Request a mailed application by contacting the Virginia Western Admissions Office at 540-857-7231.

Select High School & College Dual Credit (041) as the reason for taking classes.

Students should apply for admissions to the college prior to June 1st.

You must also complete the Application for In-State Tuition (PDF).

PLEASE NOTE: NOTE: As soon as you successfully complete PART I of the online application, you will be assigned an EMPLID which is your student identification number. This is VERY IMPORTANT and you will need to know this number to register for your Dual Enrollment course, placement tests, check your grades, register for future classes and obtain transcripts for other colleges or future employers. KEEP THIS NUMBER IN A SAFE PLACE, AND DO NOT LOOSE IT!
You will also be asked to create a user name and password. Keep that information in a safe place.

2. High School/Home-School Enrollment Approval Form

Note: You must have your EMPLID number to complete this form.

High School Student

Obtain a High School/Home-School Enrollment Approval Form (available from the VWCC Admissions Office or the high school Guidance Department or principal), complete the form and present it to the principal. The principal reviews the form, designates "yes" or "no" for dual credit, and indicates approval by signing the form. Registration is limited to the courses for which approval has been granted.

Home-Schooled Student

Obtain a High School/Home-School Enrollment Approval Form (available from the VWCC Admissions Office) and present to the home-school teacher or parent for signature. In addition, home-schooled students must provide a copy of a home-school agreement approved by the school district, or a letter declaring home-school for religious exemption. Registration is limited to the courses for which appoval has been granted.

3. Submit Forms

The completed application and the High School/Home-School Enrollment Approval Form must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to registration. Registration for all high school and home-schooled students must be completed, in person, in the college Admissions Office.

4. Assessment Testing

Testing can be done at VWCC. Students must take the testing results back to their guidance department in order to register for the class. You will need your EMPLID to participate in this placement testing.
For more information about Virginia Placement Testing at VWCC, click here.

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