Earn college credit while still in high school through our early college Dual Enrollment program.
You’ll be introduced to the college environment, where you can explore majors and earn credit toward your Bachelor of Science degree
By earning dual-enrollment credit, you won’t just be preparing for college. You’ll also 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 also helps students reduce future college costs by earning college credits at a discounted per-credit rate now.
Once you successfully complete your courses, you’ll earn conditional acceptance to Harrisburg University. The credits you earn and the grades you receive are recorded in your University transcript. If you choose not to attend Harrisburg University upon graduation from high school, you can transfer the credits to another college or university.
Dual Enrollment FAQs
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.
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)
Harrisburg University courses on campus cost $200.00 per credit, however if you take them at your high school the cost is reduced to $100.00 per credit. No matter where you take your dual enrollment course there are no additional fees.
Students may take up to 11 credits per semester.
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.
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.
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.
Dual Enrollment Policies
- A dual enrolled student may enroll in as many courses as their school district and their parent approves.
- Only 11 semester hours (credits) may be taken at the agreed upon dual enrollment discounted price.
- Semester hours greater than 11 will be charged at the prevailing semester hour rate.
- A laptop computer is required for the program of study and the student must obtain any required textbooks and supplies, if any, prior to the start of the semester.
- A Parent Consent Form must be signed by the student and a parent/guardian, which provides various required releases.
- A student desiring to enroll in 12 or more semester hours will be billed at the existing undergraduate semester hour rate.
Eligible High Schools
- Bermudian Springs
- Big Spring
- Boyertown Area
- Camp Hill
- Central Dauphin School District – CD High School
- Central Dauphin School District – CD High School East
- Chambersburg Area
- Coatesville Area
- Conewago Valley
- Cumberland Valley
- Cumberland-Perry Area Votech
- Dallastown Area
- Dauphin County Technical School
- Downingtown Area School District – East High School
- Downingtown School District – West High School
- Eastern Lebanon County School District
- Elizabethtown Area
- Ephrata Area
- Gettysburg Area School District
- Grove City Area School District
- Halifax Area
- Harrisburg Academy
- Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
- Juniata County School District – East High School
- Juniata County School District – Juniata High School
- Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
- Lower Dauphin
- Martin Luther King High School
- Mechanicsburg Area
- Middletown Area
- Millersburg Area School District
- Milton Hershey School
- Palmyra Area
- Paul Robeson High School
- Pequea Valley
- Philadelphia Military Academy
- Red Lion Area
- Roxborough High School
- School District of Lancaster
- South Middleton School District
- South Western
- Spring Grove Area School District
- Susquehanna Township
- Technical College High School (Pickering)
- Upper Adams
- Upper Dauphin Area
- Waynesboro Area
- West Perry
- West Shore School District – Cedar Cliff High School
- West Shore School District – Red Land High School
- William W. Bodine High School
- York County School Technology
Apply for Dual Enrollment
To apply, you’ll need to:
- Submit an official high school transcript showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
- Successfully complete any placement exams administered by the University
- Submit consent forms from high school counselling/ principal’s office and parent or legal guardian
- If your native language is not English, submit TOFEL or IELTS scores
More to Explore
Early College Program
Eligible high school students can attend Harrisburg University full-time through our early college program.
Eligible students can attend virtual STEM Exploration Programs and Certificate/Credit Bearing Programs.