Dual Enrollment Program
Earn college credit while taking high school classes!
Moravian University’s Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students in Pennsylvania to get a head start on their college career by earning credit through courses offered at their high school.
Benefits of Dual Enrollment
If you’re planning to attend college in the next few years and want to save your future self some time and money, then dual enrollment might be right for you! High school students who are in good academic standing and are capable of performing Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors coursework could see the following benefits from Moravian’s Dual Enrollment Program:
- Earning credit now has the potential to reduce the time and cost of your bachelor’s degree later
- No need to travel to a local college campus—classes take place at your high school, with your teachers!
- Courses are designed to fit in your schedule and earn you credit toward your high school diploma
- Tuition is significantly reduced from a traditional on-campus experience—it only costs $100 per credit
- You can “test drive” the class before enrolling for college credit
- College credits earned through dual enrollment are accepted at many colleges and universities, including Moravian
Pennsylvania high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores (with permission) can earn credit from Moravian University for approved courses taken in their participating high school.
In order to enroll, your school must already be participating in Dual Enrollment with Moravian University. If your school is not currently participating in the program, talk to your counselor or feel free to forward their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reach out! The following schools are currently participating with us:
- Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, PA)
- Salisbury Township High School (Allentown, PA)
- Northwestern Lehigh High School (New Tripoli, PA)
- Pleasant Valley High School (Broadheadsville, PA)
Registration and Cost
Students must complete the Moravian University Dual Enrollment registration form for every semester they wish to participate in the program. You should consult your instructors for further information about a course's registration requirements, which includes understanding the length of time the course will run during any academic year.
Courses are $100 per credit, meaning that a 4-credit course costs $400. Moravian University operates on a unit system, where most courses are one course unit (equal to 4 credits). You will need to submit your payment via check or money order after your registration has been approved. Checks or money orders must be made out to Moravian University.
You may “test drive” a dual enrollment course by enrolling in the high school course for four weeks before finalizing your registration for the dual enrollment credit. At the start of the fourth week of instruction, registration is closed for high school students. However, you may complete the high school course and earn credit towards your high school diploma without also earning dual enrollment credit.
At present, there is no limit to the number of dual enrollment courses Moravian University will allow for each student. This policy is subject to change.
You may withdraw from the course and receive a refund of your tuition any time prior to the end of the fifth week of instruction at the high school, which includes the “test drive” period, only if you notify both your high school teacher and Moravian’s Office of Admission (email@example.com) in writing by the withdrawal deadline. At the start of the sixth week of instruction, there is no opportunity to withdraw and no refund.
Earning College Credit
Once registered, you must earn a grade of C (2.0 grade point average) or better in your Dual Enrollment courses in order to earn the credit through Moravian University; this is also the grade which makes the course easily transferable to other institutions. Please note that low grades will not result in the refund of tuition and grades cannot be removed from a transcript.
Attending Moravian University
If you choose to attend Moravian University for your undergraduate education, you will automatically receive academic credit toward your undergraduate degree for your dual enrollment courses, as long as you received a grade of "C" or better. The grade earned in the dual enrollment course counts in your Moravian University undergraduate GPA. You should inform your academic advisors of these credits before you register as a first-year students. If you have decided on a major, it is recommended to also check with the appropriate department chairperson.
Transferring Credits to Other Colleges and Universities
All accepting institutions require the receipt of an official Moravian University transcript and most colleges and universities require a grade of "C" or better in order to count the credit toward your degree. If you plan to attend another college or university, you should contact their admissions or registrar's office in order to determine their transfer credit policy. Moravian University cannot guarantee that every course will be accepted by every institution.
What is the difference between AP and dual enrollment?
Many AP courses are also offered for dual enrollment credit. In both cases, the course is taught by a qualified teacher in the high school, so the student has the chance to earn college credit through courses they are already taking in their high school curriculum, without having to travel to a college campus. But with AP, whether or not the student earns credit comes down to the student’s ability to score sufficiently high enough on a standardized test, and even then, we see that many colleges use the AP results for placement, not always for credit.
With dual enrollment, the credit on the transcript is guaranteed if the student earns at least a grade of C or better, regardless of the outcome of the AP test. It is still true that whether or not the course transfers is at the discretion of the college or university where the student will ultimately enroll, but dual enrollment is widely accepted by many schools across the country as transfer credits.
In addition, dual enrollment can be attached to advanced high school courses and honors courses, and isn’t restricted solely to AP courses. Therefore, it provides a wider range of options for more students in the high school than AP alone does.
Office of Admission
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students participating in the Dual Enrollment Program are considered Moravian University students and must adhere to Moravian University student code of conduct as stated in the Moravian University Student Handbook (available online at moravian.edu/handbook). Students may access grades and schedules. Due to federally mandated FERPA regulations, Moravian University is authorized to release information regarding grades, attendance and academic progress only to the individual Dual Enrollment student and his/her high school. Concerns about grades must be directed to the high school teacher overseeing the dual enrollment course.
Dual Enrollment students are not eligible for Moravian University athletic participation. Students charged with academic dishonesty will be processed through the high school’s policies and procedures for such issues; however, charges of dishonesty must be reported to the Director of Dual Enrollment at Moravian University. If the charge holds and the student matriculates at Moravian University as a degree candidate, this charge carries forward as part of the student’s record until conferral of the baccalaureate degree.