Dual Enrollment Maryland | Early College High School
I am currently enrolled in high school in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot County as a junior or senior and I wish to take courses at Chesapeake for college credit and possibly transfer them back to my home high school.
Why Consider Dual Enrollment?
- Experience college work while still in high school.
- Earn college credits that will appear on a Chesapeake College transcript and may transfer back to the high school.
- Earn college credit that may transfer to many in- and out-of-state colleges.
- Save money, since Dual Enrollment students pay only 75% of the regular tuition.
- Explore different fields of study.
Who Can Participate?
To participate in Dual Enrollment through the high school and Chesapeake College, a high school student must:
- Be a high school junior or senior;
- Be at least 16 years of age;
- Possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above
- Be enrolled in one of the public school systems in the college's service region (must be a resident of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot County) or in a non-profit institution offering instruction at the secondary level that is either operating with a Certificate of Approval issued by the Maryland State Department of Education or registered with the Department as a Church Exempt School, and
- Be certified by an official of the high school as meeting all of the eligibility requirements outlined above.
NOTE: Some home-schooled students may be eligible to participate in this program. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 410-822-5400 ext. 2240 or 2287 for more information.
Where Are Classes Held?
- Wye Mills Campus
- Cambridge Center
- Local high schools
- Other off-campus locations
When and How Can I Enroll in the Program?
- Complete your sophomore year of high school.
- Meet with your guidance counselor or other high school official to discuss your interest in the program. With the assistance of the high school official, complete the Dual Enrollment Certification Form with all of the required signatures.
- Submit your college application to the Office of Admissions. You can apply online or fill out the PDF college application.
- Take the ACCUPLACER Test. This test is free of charge the first time you take it. Contact the Testing Center at 410-822-5400 ext. 2344 or the Student Success Office at 410-822-5400 ext. 2240 or 2250 for information regarding hours, test exemption policies, and testing procedures. Note: Each semester, testing and registration sessions are held at the service region high schools. Contact the Admissions office at 410-822-5400 ext. 2287 or 2240 for more information regarding dates and times. Note: High school students with a cummulative 3.0 or higher GPA are deemed college-ready and are not required to take the ACCUPLACER prior to Dual Enrollment Program enrollment. They are eligible to enroll in college-level English and/or math courses.
- Meet with a college advisor to review your ACCUPLACER scores and to register for classes.
Can Dual Enrollment Students Receive Assistance With Tuition and Fees?
Yes! Chesapeake College awards need-based grants to Dual Enrollment students who meet the eligibility criteria through the Maryland Part-time Grant. The student and parent/guardian must meet all the following guidelines to be given full consideration for scholarship funds
- Student must be enrolled in one of the public school systems in the college's service region or in a non-profit institution offering instruction at the secondary level that is either operating with a Certificate of Approval issued by the Maryland State Department of Education or registered with the Department as a Church Exempt School.
- Student must be registered for college-level course(s) that total 3 to 11 credit/load hours per semester.
- Student must demonstrate need-based on criteria set by Chesapeake College and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Grants can be awarded for up to four semesters (fall and spring only), pending fund availability and successful completion of a dually enrolled course with a grade of "C" or better. Students must re-apply each semester for additional funding. Grant applications received by June 1 for the fall semester and by December 10 for the spring semester will be given first consideration and will be based on the availability of funds.
NOTE: In order to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program, a student must submit a Dual Enrollment Certification Form at the time of registration each semester. Dual Enrollment students are permitted to take fall, spring, and/or summer courses. Some home-schooled students may be eligible to participate in this program.
For more information, students should contact Chesapeake College's Office of Admissions at 410-822-5400 ext. 2240 or 2287. Fax: 410-827-5878.