Deciding on Dual Enrollment

Cobbler students continue to enroll in dual-enrollment college classes. For students considering this, how can they know if its a good idea?

By Erik Keohane

Just this semester, Central students are taking 261 dual-credit courses. Dual-credit courses are college courses that students can take in high school that will count as college credits as well as high school credits. The state covers most of the expenses, but students still must pay for some of it. Overall, the cost is significantly less than taking the same course in college. What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking a dual-credit class?

Many high school students are thinking about where they’re going to college and how much it will cost. Dual-credit courses give students an opportunity to get a couple of their college credits out of the way.

“I think they [dual credit courses] are beneficial to students to take because of the opportunity to get college credit at a lower cost,” said Central student, Trey Brandhagen. “It is an easy way to start getting used to college courses.” The low cost and college course exposure is a big plus for students considering dual enrollment, but what are some of the cons?

The clear and obvious reason not to take dual-credit classes is for students who do not plan on going to college. Another big reason why students don’t want to dual-enroll is because some universities won’t accept credits from some of the schools that offer dual enrollment. A handy website that can be used to see if your credits will transfer is All you have to do is enter the course you’ve taken or are thinking about taking and from what university that course is from–the website will then tell you what schools those credits will transfer over to. Another reason why someone wouldn’t want to take a dual-credit course is because many of them are online.

“I like it because saves money,” said Central student, Jace Oldham, “but sometimes it’s tough because you’re being taught by YouTube and a textbook.” Of course, not all dual-credit classes are online, but for students who do take a college course online, they might need to adjust from being outside the classroom setting. Lastly, college classes tend to be more challenging than high school classes. Some students might not be ready for a college workload.

Dual-credit courses can be a great tool for students who want to save money and get a couple college credits out of the way, but dual-enrolling isn’t for everybody. If you are unsure if you want to dual-enroll or not, you can always talk to your counselor about it.