Dual Enrollment for High School Students 

DeSales University's dual enrollment program gives high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses online at a reduced tuition rate. Students in this program can potentially earn college credits while conveniently taking courses that may not be offered at their high school.

Who is eligible?

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, we will need to have a signed agreement either with your school district or with you, the student. Furthermore, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You are enrolled as a high school junior or senior.

  • Your school can indicate that you are making satisfactory progress toward graduation requirements.

  • You have scored at least a 1250 on the most current PSSA Math, Reading and Writing tests and /or

  • DeSales University has determined that you have demonstrated readiness for college level coursework in the subject area that you intend to study (this determination will be made after a review of your transcript, standardized test scores, and a recommendation letter).

  • You meet all course prerequisites (if any) identified in the DeSales University Undergraduate Catalog.

Please note: These courses are offered to eligible high school students on a space-available basis. As a result, we cannot guarantee that each dual enrollment course will have sufficient space for all high school applicants.

What courses are available?

The courses that are offered vary from one year to the next. We will update the list of courses each April to reflect our offerings in the following academic year. 

Will these courses transfer to other institutions?

DeSales University will accept all credits received by students through our dual enrollment program. Although we cannot guarantee that all other institutions will accept credits obtained through this program, we are confident that our courses will be transferable to most institutions.

How do I apply?

Before you can enroll, DeSales University must verify that you meet the minimum requirements described above. Furthermore, we must have:

  • A completed online application.

  • A High School transcript.

  • SAT, PSAT, or ACT scores.

  • A letter from your guidance counselor confirming your eligibility or, if homeschooled, a letter from an accredited program evaluator.

These items must be received at least one full week before the class's start date. However, applications will be processed in the order that they are received. Consequently, in the event that spaces begin to fill, preference will be given to applications received first.

Complete the online application and to obtain directions for submitting a transcript, test scores, and a letter of eligibility.

To remain eligible while participating in this program, you:

  • Must maintain a secondary school grade point average of 70 (or the equivalent) in the subject area of study.

  • Must maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA in dual enrollment courses.

  • May not enroll in more than 24 postsecondary credits through dual enrollment per academic year.

In addition, students should note that successful completion of a course means that the student has earned a minimum grade of "C."

What is the cost?

$216 per credit to high school students.

Since most courses bear three-credits, students typically pay $648 per three-credit course. In addition, there may be fees for textbooks, the cost of which will vary from one course to the next.

"I hope other students will take advantage of the Desales University dual enrollment program. While I found the courses challenging, with the help of the professors I learned a lot! Now, having taken college courses, I am better prepared to excel at the college-level."

- Meredith Dickson, 2007-2008 Dual Enrollment Student


Contact your high school guidance counselor
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Scott Mattingly, Ph.D.
610-282-1100 x1408