Dual Enrollment vs. Concurrent Enrollment
When high school students are looking to get a head start for college, enrolling in a dual credit course is a great solution. In these courses, you can earn the high school credit needed to graduate, along with a college credit to take with you. The most popular option is dual enrollment, which partners high schools with local community colleges. Meaning, most students need to drive to the community college campuses to attend class. There are a few online programs that make things more convenient.
The second option is concurrent enrollment with a major university. Several innovative programs, including ASU Prep Digital, allow high school students to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student at the university and take courses for full credit. These courses award the high school credit needed for graduation, along with credit from the university. In most cases, these university credits will transfer to other major universities. And in the case of ASU, because they are a top rated research school (Research 1), the credits transfer almost anywhere.
Check out this fancy infographic comparing dual enrollment and concurrent enrollment.