Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Dual enrollment is academic programming that allows high school students to take college-level courses that simultaneously provide credit toward high school graduation and college credit requirements.


Who is eligible to take dual enrollment courses?

At Harrisburg University, high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for dual enrollment. We welcome dual-enrolled students from public, private, charter, homeschooled and cyber schools.


Where are dual enrollment classes held?

Harrisburg University offers several options for dual-enrollment courses:

  • Traditional classroom courses at Harrisburg University campus, located in downtown Harrisburg, Pa. during the academic year
  • Courses offered at select high schools during the academic year
  • Online courses (limited number)

What are the advantages of dual enrollment?

By earning dual-enrollment credit, you won’t just be preparing for college, you’ll be getting a head start on your academic and career goals

Earning college credit in high school allows the opportunity to create a more flexible schedule as a college student. This will allow more time for other academic or extracurricular interests.

Dual enrollment allows families to save on future college costs by earning college credits at a discounted per-credit rate now.

Dual enrollment courses allow you to experience college life and gain valuable insight of your interests when choosing a major for college.


What is the cost and how many courses may a dual-enrolled student take?

Harrisburg University courses on campus or delivered at a local high school cost $200.00 per credit. A typical three-credit course will cost $600.00 with no additional fees. Students may not take more than 7 credits per semester. The university will work with school districts or consortiums to develop a contracted rate.


What is the difference between an AP class and dual enrollment?

Advanced Placement (AP) students prepare for college by experiencing college-level coursework taught by high school faculty. Students may receive college credit for the course if they score high enough on the AP exam. Dual-enrolled high school students are taught by university professors and earn college credits the same way a college student would, by taking and passing a college course.


Is Harrisburg University course credit transferable to other colleges?

Yes, Harrisburg University is an accredited university*, so its courses transfer to other institutions. Depending on the college and the course of study, a Harrisburg University   course may transfer as a general education course, a major requirement or an elective. If a student earns a C or higher, the course should transfer.

* Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


Does being a dual-enrolled student at Harrisburg University guarantee me admission to the university?

Yes, if you have successfully passed and received credit for a dual enrollment course from the university and with verification of your high school graduation you are admitted to Harrisburg University.


For more information or questions please contact Ryan Korn, Director of Secondary School Services at rkorn@harrisburgu.edu or call 717-901-5100 ext 1641