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Penn State offers dual enrollment to high school students who would like to attend Penn State to take college courses at 50% off tuition. Qualified students earn college credits and experience the workload of a college class through this program.
Credits earned can be applied to a Penn State degree and are part of one transcript recognized at all Penn State campuses. Dual enrollment credit may also be transferred to another college or university.
Our Dual Enrollment program offers incredible advantages:
- Experience college courses instructed by Penn State faculty at 50% of the cost.
- Use of our on-campus resources like tutors, academic advising, career services, campus library with access to University-wide libraries, and computer facilities.
- Complete many of your college-required general education courses before high school graduation.
- Earn credits that can be applied to a Penn State degree at any Penn State campus.
- You must be a high school senior to participate. High school juniors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- To remain in the program for subsequent semesters, you must earn a grade of C or better in each course.
- Students who have graduated from high school are not eligible to participate.
To enroll, you must submit the following information:
- Dual Enrollment Terms and Conditions and Consent to Release Educational Records to a Third Party signed by the student and parent or guardian.
- Completed Undergraduate Nondegree Enrollment Form.
- Official high school academic transcript and SAT, ACT, or PSSA scores from your high school guidance counselor, sent to Penn State Shenango.
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.