Earn College Credits While in High School

  • Accelerate your success at Mission College! 
  • Dual enrollment offers students the opportunity to earn college credits for free prior to high school graduation.
  • Save time and money, explore career & transfer options, and stand out in your academic and professional pursuits.

How we support

At Mission College, we have experts ready to help, so you don’t have to go it alone. By partnering with us, you have access to:


Why should you participate?

  • Understand the college environment and develop your confidence as a college student.
  • Reduce the cost & time of completing a two-year or four-year degree. 
  • Explore classes and career areas that are not offered at your high school.
  • Strengthen your four-year college applications.
  • Transfer courses to your future UC, CSU, or private institution.

Registration Dates for Dual Enrollment

Summer 2024 Fall 2024
Tuesday April 23, 2024 Monday May 20, 2024
STEP
1
Apply to Mision
STEP
2
Determine English and Math Placement

Visit placement.missioncollege.edu to determine your most appropriate placement using our Placement Assistance Tool.

STEP
3
Complete the Dual Enrollment Form

Complete the Dual Enrollment form to identify which course(s) you wish to register for and obtain all necessary signatures from your parent/guardian as well as your school counselor/designee. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

STEP
4
Clear Prerequisites

Clear any prerequisites for the courses you wish to take prior to your registration date. If you feel you have met the prerequisite, please complete the Prerequisite Challenge form.

STEP
5
Register Online

After your Dual Enrollment Form is processed, staff will communicate your assigned registration date to you via email. You can check your registration date and register for classes online via My Mission Portal.

STEP
6
Activate Your WVM Email

Once you register for classes, all correspondence will be sent to your WVM email. For assistance with this, please visit our Student Email page.

 

What is Dual Enrollment?
  • Dual Enrollment is the term used to describe enrolling in a college course and earning college credits while still enrolled in another K-12 institution.
How much does a dual enrollment course cost?
  • Enrollment fees are waived for all dual enrollment students! Pay only for textbooks/course materials, and make sure to check out our many Zero Textbook Cost courses.
Is transportation available?
  • All dual enrollment students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the college. Mission College also offers online courses that you can take that will not require attending an in-person class.
Why take dual enrollment courses instead of Advanced Placement?
  • With dual enrollment, you have the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful course completion without the need for extra testing. These earned credits will be reflected on your college transcript and are often transferable to other colleges and universities
Can I participate in dual enrollment if I am undocumented?
  • Yes! 
What are course prerequisites?
  • A prerequisite is a requirement that you must meet before you can take a particular course. For example, you might be required to take one or more courses in a certain order, before you can enroll in a more advanced course. Once you have met the requirement, the prerequisite is considered to be "cleared." You can be dropped from a course if you have not met the prerequisites.
Is there a GPA requirement?
  • There is no GPA requirement for individual courses. However, you are encouraged to meet with your high school counselor. Please keep in mind that you will be treated like a college student and expected to complete work at a college level.
How many units can I take each term?

Unit limitations for dual enrollment students are as follows:

Fall and Spring Semesters

• High school students (not part of MECHS) are restricted to 8 units.

Winter Session

• Students, including MECHS and high school students, are restricted to a maximum load of 6 units. 

Summer Session

• Students, including MECHS and high school students, are restricted to a maximum load of 9 units.

To request permission to enroll in additional units beyond what is listed above, please complete the Petition for Unit Load Limitation

Dual Enrollment Policies
  1. Dual enrollment registration typically begins three (3) weeks prior to the starts of the semester/session. 
  2. All dual enrollment students are required to submit the Dual Enrollment Form online.
  3. Students may only register for Mission College courses that have been approved by their high school principal or designee. All substitutions must be approved by the high school designee and re-submitted through a new Dual Enrollment form to Admissions & Records.
  4. If a class is full, students may add themselves to the waitlist for the next available space in the course. Should space in the class become available students will be notified via email and have 48 hours from the time the notification is sent to register online. Once the 48 hours have passed if a student has not registered the seat will be offered to the next student on the list. 
  5. Kinesiology courses with an activity component and 900-level courses are not eligible for Dual Enrollment.
  6. Students who miss the first day of class may be dropped from the class. However, it is your responsibility to drop classes online by the published deadline should you choose to no longer attend the class(es).
  7. Review the class schedule to ensure you meet all Academic Deadlines.
  8. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner – see “Code of Student Conduct” (missioncollege.edu, “Schedule & Catalog”).
Students in the 9th Grade or Below

Mission College invites students in the 9th grade and below who have the desire to further challenge themselves academically and the possess the maturity to fully engage in college coursework to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program.

Students who feel they meet the criteria above  are required to schedule a meeting with Connor Keese, Director of Outreach & Student Development, to request approval to participate in Dual Enrollment courses.

Please note meeting with designated staff does not guarantee approval for admission. Students should provide prior to this meeting:

  • Completed Dual Enrollment Form signed by designated school official.
  • Unofficial copies of high school and/or middle school transcripts.
  • Any additional documentation to support the student's request (e.g. outside coursework, achievements, etc.)