High School Dual Enrollment

High School Dual Enrollment

Thinking of getting a head start on college?

Penn State Shenango offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a 50 percent tuition reduction. This enables students to get a jump on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in this program may choose from a variety of courses offered at Penn State.

Program Highlights

  • You must be a high school student in your junior or senior year.
  • Academic eligibility will be determined by the Admissions Office at Penn State Shenango.
  • You will receive grant-in-aid for 50 percent of the tuition for up to two courses per semester.
  • To remain in the program for subsequent semesters, you must earn a grade of C or better in each course.
  • Credits earned through this program are valid at any Penn State location and may be transferred to other institutions in the same way as any other Penn State credits.
  • Students who have graduated from high school are not eligible to participate.

Interested? Contact your guidance counselor to discuss taking classes at Penn State Shenango. Students may also contact the Admissions Office at Penn State Shenango at 724-983-2803 for more information.

To enroll, you must submit the following information:

  • A non-degree dual enrollment admissions form
  • An official high school transcript
  • SAT or PSAT scores or ACT scores
  • A letter of permission from your guidance counselor or high school principal

PACPSL Compliance Statement

Annually, over 600 high school students schedule college courses from a multitude of disciplines at Penn State campuses.  Per recent changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (PACPSL), Penn State Shenango will continue to provide courses for qualified dual enrolled students, fully compliant with the required background checking requirements listed below:

Faculty who teach classes in which dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are registered, as well as staff who provide professional or support services, such as advising, counseling, or tutoring and students who serve in peer roles such as advising, mentoring, or tutoring to these students, are required by State law to have the following three clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113) and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report).  Effective January 1, 2016, all individuals (current employees and new hires) interacting with dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are required to have valid clearances in place. 

In order to ensure compliance in all future semesters, Penn State Shenango will identify sections of courses that typically enroll the most high school students and can confirm that faculty teaching these courses have completed the required background checks.  This course list will be shared with current and future dual enrolled students through their guidance counselors and academic advisers and through print and web information.    

In addition, staff and students who provide services such as academic advising, tutoring and mentoring will be required to complete the three required background checks. 

Questions regarding Penn State Shenango compliance with PACPSL can be directed to Elaine Andrews, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, 724-983-2827.