Dual Enrollment Programs
Moravian University’s Dual Enrollment Program allows high school students in Pennsylvania to get a head start on their college careers through courses offered in their high school. Over the course of their high school career (grades 10-12), students can earn credits from Moravian University for approved courses taken in their secondary schools. Subjects (as of January 2019) include Mathematics, German, Spanish, and Psychology. The college credits earned through dual enrollment are accepted at many colleges and universities.
Why should I (or my child) participate in dual enrollment programs?
Dual enrollment programs allow students to earn college credits through courses they are already taking in high school, without having to worry about traveling to a local college campus. They don’t have to worry about whether or not the schedule of courses fits their high school schedule, because these are course they are taking in the high school towards their diploma. There is no worry about if the courses will have space for them, because if they have a dual-enrollment eligible course on their high school schedule, then there is already a seat waiting for them. They don’t have to worry about safety issues, because they don’t have to travel and they already know the faculty teaching their courses (it’s their high school teacher!).
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. (But don’t get us wrong -- we also love AP classes and AP students!)
- Roberto Clemente Charter School (Allentown, PA)
- Salisbury Township High School (Allentown, PA)
- Northwestern Lehigh High School (New Tripoli, PA)
To be a dual enrollment course, a high school course must have a sufficient amount of instructional time (following institutional requirements) and be either an AP, Honors, or other advanced course, as determined jointly by the guidance office at the high school and faculty of Moravian University.
Dual enrollment instructors typically have at least a Master's degree and at least five years of teaching experience. Ideally, the advanced degree is in the specific discipline in which they teach.
Course Approval Requirements
Courses approved for dual enrollment credit are recommended by the participating high school, then both the course and instructor’s credentials are vetted and approved by the appropriate academic department at Moravian University. Whenever there is a change in personnel, the Director of Dual Enrollment must be notified so that the new instructor's qualifications and any changes in course content can be reviewed. The course is given catalog designations both for the high school and for Moravian University.
Who can participate?
In order to participate, your school must already be participating in Dual Enrollment through Moravian University (see “Participating Schools,” above). If your school is not currently participating in the program, please feel free to forward contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reach out to your school.
Dual Enrollment courses are open to high school juniors and seniors in good academic standing who are capable of performing Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors coursework. Once registered, students must earn a grade of C (2.0 grade point average) or better in their 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. Low grades will not result in the refund of tuition. Grades cannot be removed from a transcript.
Sophomores must receive approval from the director of guidance at their high school prior to registering for any Dual Enrollment courses.
How do I register?
Students must complete the Moravian University Dual Enrollment registration form for every semester they want to participate in the program. The form is available online.
Students should consult their 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. Some courses are sequential, requiring registration and payment in both fall and spring semesters if students wish to receive credit for both semesters of the course. High school officials are encouraged to inform students of the courses that are available at their academic location.
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 (=4 credits). You will select your course on the online application.
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us at email@example.com or call (610) 861-1348.
How many credits can I take?
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.
Attending Moravian University
Students who choose to attend Moravian University for their undergraduate education will automatically receive academic credit toward their undergraduate degree for their dual enrollment courses as long as the student received a grade of "C" or better. The grade earned in the dual enrollment course counts in their Moravian University undergraduate GPA. These students need to inform their academic advisors of these credits before they register as first-year students. If a student has decided on a major, it is recommended to also check with the appropriate department chairperson.
Admissions information can be found at the Moravian University admissions website. To contact the admissions department, please call 1- 800.441.3191 or 610.861.1320; FAX: 610.625.7930.
Transferring Credits to Other Colleges and Universities
All accepting institutions require the receipt of an official Moravian University transcript. Most colleges and universities require a grade of "C" or better. Students who plan to attend other colleges or universities should contact their institution's Admissions or Registrar's Office in order to determine their policy. Since policies do change, sometimes without notification, we strongly suggest all students inquire directly at the university/college of their choice. Moravian University cannot guarantee that every course will be accepted by every institution. Students are advised to check on the institution’s transfer policies, usually available in the college or university catalog or from the registrar’s office at their institution of choice. Students must request an official transcript from Moravian University to have the credits transferred.
How do I request a transcript?
The Office of the Registrar uses Parchment Exchange for all transcript requests. We do not accept written requests. The online system allows for the convenience and efficiency of ordering official transcripts via the internet at any time, 24/7. Transcripts are $10 per copy for 3-5 day delivery or a Rush delivery option at $20 per copy.
- Go to the Registrar's Office homepage: https://www.moravian.edu/registrar
- From the menu on the left, click on ‘Transcript Requests’
- Click on ‘Order Official Transcript’
- This link opens to Parchment Exchange, the third-party website
- Click on ‘Log In" or "Create an Account’
- Fill out the necessary information and submit
Choose from 3 delivery options:
- Paper copy mailed to recipient you indicate on order
- Paper copy pick-up by you from the Registrar’s Office
NOTE: If the transcript is needed sooner than 3-5 business days, select the ‘Rush’ option. The cost is $20 and delivery time frame is as follows:
- Orders submitted before 12pm noon EST will be processed that same business day
- Orders submitted after 12pm noon EST will be processed the next business day
Please do not hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if any assistance is needed.
Dual Enrollment Program
Office of the Provost
Monocacy Hall, Room 205
Bethlehem PA 18018
Students may “test drive” the dual enrollment course by enrolling in the high school course for four weeks before finalizing their registration for the dual enrollment credit. At the start of the fourth week of instruction, registration is closed for high school students. Students may complete the high school course and earn credit towards their high school diploma without also earning dual enrollment credit.
Students may withdraw from the course and receive a refund of their 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 they notify both their high school teacher and the Director of Dual Enrollment office in writing by the withdrawal deadline. An email must be sent to the Director of Dual Enrollment at email@example.com. At the start of the sixth week of instruction, there is no opportunity to withdraw and no refund.
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 https://www.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.