Qualified high school students can earn college credits to fulfill high school graduation requirements. These same credits can be used toward an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at Florida SouthWestern State College.  You can do all of this without paying for the courses yourself!

What Is Dual Enrollment?

Dual enrollment is an acceleration mechanism that allows students to pursue an advanced curriculum relevant to their individual postsecondary interests. Each year, more than 50,000 students participate in Florida’s dual enrollment program, and the number is continuing to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Education, college credit earned prior to high school graduation reduces the average time-to-degree and increases the likelihood of graduation for the students who participate in these programs. There is also evidence that dual enrollment increases academic performance and educational attainment.

As the emphasis on career planning increases, more students will be encouraged to select an advanced curriculum that aligns with their postsecondary goals. With hundreds of dual enrollment courses available, there is great potential to further engage and motivate students to take academically rigorous courses that capture their interests. As with all acceleration options, students must be advised based on individual needs and carefully monitored to ensure continued success. Guidance counselors play an important role in communicating accurate information to students and parents, fostering a positive understanding of the merits of dual enrollment and developing collaborative relationships with college advisors and peers.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Freshman and Sophomores need a 3.5 or higher cumulative unweighted GPA
  • Junior and Seniors need a 3.0 or higher cumulative unweighted GPA
  • Passing scores on the college placement test (PERT), the ACT, or the SAT

For students planning to take a class that requires college-level reading and writing and college-level math, the required scores are as follows:

COURSE ACT PERT SAT
ALL COURSES 19 Reading 106 Reading 24 Critical Reading
ENC 1101 17 English & 19 Reading 103 Writing & 106 Reading 24 Critical Reading
MAT 1033 19 Math 114 Math 24 Quantitative
MGF 1106 23 Math 123 Math 28.5 Quantitative
MGF 1107 23 Math 123 Math 28.5 Quantitative
MAC 1105 23 Math 123 Math 28.5 Quantitative
STA 2023 23 Math 123 Math 28.5 Quantitative
MAC 1106 25 Math 135 Math 29 Quantitative