Dual Enrollment

Earn Your High School Diploma and College Degree At the Same Time

“Students participating in dual enrollment are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll and complete college, and have higher grade point averages in college than those who do not participate.”


Dual enrollment provides eligible high school students with an opportunity to work toward both a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time.  For each course, students earn credit at the high school level and college hours at the postsecondary level. Most college credits will transfer to public colleges and universities in and out of state!


To be dually enrolled, an applicant must have completed their sophomore year in high school, be recommended by their high school principal or guidance counselor and have written parental permission, if the student is under 18 years of age. Students must complete the Tennessee State University admission process and must have taken the ACT, SAT, or PLAN prior to enrolling in the program (the COMPASS test cannot be administered to determine eligibility for this program). The PLAN will be used if the ACT or SAT has never been taken and the same ACT scores will be required on the PLAN.

  1. The student must be enrolled as a 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student in a Tennessee public or nonpublic secondary school, or in a home education program.
  2. The student must have a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) to enroll in dual enrollment courses.
  3. The student must meet the established minimum college level readiness sub-scores as defined in TBR guidelines.



Dual Enrollment Grant


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