Summer Semester Dual Enrollment Notes (2023)

Summer Semester Dual Enrollment Notes (1)

Below is information you may find helpful during the 2023 summer semester. If you need help identifying the contacts for your college, please check with your college dual enrollment coordinator, look on the college website, or let one of us at the high school know before the summer break begins.


Colleges offer orientation either in person or online. Check your email for information specific to your school. Here you will learn all you need to know with regard to all the items below and so much more.


E-mail is the primary means of communication for colleges. Students who do not check email daily are not excused for missing assignments or knowing important information communicated by email. Please contact the high school dual enrollment coordinator at the college if you are unable to access email. You may also go to the college website for assistance through the student email link.

Blackboard as the online component used by most colleges. Students access online content for classes on Blackboard. Instructors may post completion dates and deadlines there as well. Assignments and tests given through Blackboard are available for designated periods of time. Once they close, they will not be reopened. Students are encouraged not to wait until the end of the designated period of time to complete assignments and tests. In the case of power outages or heavy traffic at the site, students may run into challenges when uploading the homework or exam answers. If your college uses a different internet portal, please make sure you have set it up and know how to use it.

Banner Web is the online component where you may view your student schedule and grades. Students have access and can show this to parents/guardians.

Self-advocacy is an important skill in college and beyond. Being able to address an issue with an instructor or supervisor in a way that is both positive and productive is key to success. Students should not be afraid to ask questions about class content or assignments during class, after class, or by email. The instructors want to see students succeed. If a student encounters any issues making it to class, accessing an assignment, turning in an assignment, or taking a quiz or test, he or she should communicate that to the instructor via email as soon as the problem arises. Waiting days or weeks to bring it to the attention of the instructor may result in a less desirable resolution. If a situation develops in which a student needs assistance from the high school to resolve, we will ask to see the email evidence of conversations with the college. Be sure to save these messages.

Logging in - If you have a difficult time logging in to complete assignments or to upload documents, please bring that to the attention of the college instructor or the college dual enrollment coordinator/high school coordinator immediately. Students are not allowed to turn in assignments past the due date, and test dates will not be adjusted due to missing work. There are very few grades in college classes, so even one missed grade can cause a poor average which is reflected in the high school GPA as well as the college transcript. If a student is unable to access an assignment or exam, and the window for completing it has not closed, submit a help desk ticket immediately.


All colleges have a method for students to report internet issues, difficulty logging in, etc. Some call this the "help desk." While some colleges may have an actual help desk location, this is not usually an actual place in the building. Rather, it is an online link where students can report problems they are having. If the issue is with email, students should use an email other than the college email for response to be sure they receive needed information. It is a good idea to make a screenshot of any error messages received to share with the help desk.

If a student is unable to access an assignment or exam, and the window for completing it has not closed, submit a help desk ticket immediately. The IT department is able to see when a student has attempted to log in. That information should provide the documentation necessary to have an assignment or exam reopened. On the flip side, if the student has not tried to log in, that is also evident. In that case, no exceptions will be made to allow a student late access to an assignment or exam.


If you are having difficulty with the material taught in the college class, you should seek tutoring from the instructor or from the college tutors. Information about accessing help is on the website of most colleges and in the class syllabus. If you find that you know the material but have a hard time expressing it in writing, it can be beneficial to attend a writing lab. If you cannot find this information, please contact the college high school coordinator, the high school career counselor or myself for assistance.


Each college has set aside the first 2-3 days of the semester for students to drop and add courses without penalty. That means they can remove a course from their schedule with no impact on their transcript or GPA. THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT FROM A WITHDRAWAL.


If you are contemplating withdrawal from a class, please remember students become ineligible to continue to receive Dual Enrollment funding after their second course withdrawal. Students who withdraw from dual enrollment courses before the summer withdrawal/fail date of the college do not have to enroll in another course. (THIS IS ONLY TRUE FOR SUMMER SEMESTER.) Depending on the college, students who withdraw from dual enrollment courses after the withdrawal/fail date of the post-secondary institution shall receive a failing grade in the DE course. This could negatively impact the student’s HOPE GPA calculation and the college GPA.


All dual enrollment students should look for end of semester reminders and instructions regarding graduation, receiving credentials (certificates, diplomas, or degrees you may have earned), and end of semester returns. Families will be charged for textbooks and any supplies, equipment and materials that were on loan to the student. These can be very expensive.


Students with an IEP or 504 may be eligible for services from their college. Services are not automatic just because you get them in high school. You can also find information on the website. Sometimes a college can award provisional services until you can complete the application. Contact the college disability coordinator or the college dual enrollment coordinator for instruction or assistance.


For students taking livestream classes, you are expected to access the virtual class session during the day and time provided. This will allow students to attend a scheduled virtual class session with an instructor and classmates! Similar to a traditional online course, livestream courses will require timely assignment submission and class discussion participation.


Be sure to contact your high school counselors, career center coordinators, or the BCSS Dual Enrollment Coordinator before the deadlines listed below. You may contact your college instructors or the person who handles dual enrollment at your college if you have any questions at any time.

Career Center Coordinators are available by email or phone through May 24. School counselors are available by email or phone through June 13. You can email them or call the number for your school below.

  • AHS – 770-586-5111
  • BASA – 678-425-2903
  • WBHS – 770-867-4519
  • You may contact Dr. Jennifer Wood at Sims Academy any time during the summer.
    770-867-4527 or

College Dual Enrollment Information Pages:


How does failing a dual enrollment class affect GPA? ›

What happens if students fail? Dual Credit grades go permanently on both your high school and college transcripts. A bad grade in a Dual Credit class affects your college GPA.

Is dual enrollment harder than AP? ›

While DE classes, in general, are not as rigorous as AP classes, they, however, get you in the door faster. Again, unlike AP courses, you do not need to have a high score on your exam or grade to earn college credit, you just need to pass.

Does dual enrollment look good on college applications? ›

Yes, colleges generally do like to see dual enrollment classes on a student's resume because it demonstrates that a student has taken initiative to get a head start on their college education as well as possesses the ability to handle college-level coursework.

Do dual enrollment grades count towards college GPA? ›

These courses generate a college transcript and may or may not appear on the student's high school transcript. California public colleges and universities award an extra point for dual enrollment courses in admissions GPA calculations.

Will retaking a class I failed raise my GPA? ›

The first thing you need to be clear about is that retaking classes (in most cases) has a minimal effect on your GPA, because retaken classes don't replace your low grades – they average in with them. That's right: your low grade won't be dropped – the retaken class grade will be added to it and averaged.

Is it okay to fail a dual enrollment class? ›

Dual Enrollment is a test run on how you would do in the college setting. The good news is you failed rather than pulled a “D”. I say good news because that allows you to replace the grade by taking the class again. You can take it at the same CC or another, whichever works out best for your class selection/schedule.

What are the disadvantages of dual enrollment? ›

Because students enrolled in dual-enrollment programs take high school and college courses at the same time, some college courses may overlap or conflict with the student's high school schedule. If the student has to commute between campuses, this can also create a challenge.

What grade is best for dual enrollment? ›

Many states only offer dual credit classes to high school juniors and seniors. Three states require dual enrollment students to be at least a sophomore in high school, and 12 states require them to be at least a junior.

Does Harvard accept dual enrollment? ›

You cannot be simultaneously enrolled as a candidate in another undergraduate degree granting program outside of Harvard Extension School. Dual enrollment is grounds for dismissal from the undergraduate program.

Do colleges prefer AP courses? ›

Students looking to earn admission to highly selective colleges should take multiple AP classes to bolster their applications and demonstrate they can handle challenging coursework. Some college admissions experts recommend taking as many as 7-12 AP courses before applying to the most elite universities.

What is a drawback of getting college credit in high school? ›

Grades earned in college courses, even in high school, stay with the student through college. If teens are not ready to buckle down and work hard, they might end up lowering their college GPA before they even get to college. Not all credits transfer.

Does UCLA accept dual credit? ›

Concurrent enrollment is not permitted except in extraordinary circumstances, and no credit will be given for courses taken concurrently elsewhere without prior approval from your college or school.

Does withdrawing from a dual enrollment class look bad? ›

A single withdrawal is not going to hurt you.

But if you have several withdrawals in your college experience (say, one during Freshmen year, one during Junior year, one during Senior year), this might look fishy. It's the pattern of withdrawing from classes that you should try to avoid.

How much of a GPA boost is a dual enrollment class? ›

Dual credit courses are very unlikely to impact your college GPA, even if you're using the courses as college credits. Most colleges only consider the grades you earn once you're a college student.

Can dual enrollment boost your high school GPA? ›

Grades from Dual Enrollment courses can boost high school GPAs – but the treatment varies. Usually, they are treated like Honors courses and can bump your high school GPA (if allowed) by up to 0.5.

Is it better to withdraw or fail and retake? ›

Is it better to withdraw from a class or fail the class in college? According to Croskey, it is usually better to withdraw from a class. Exceptions may result for students with many withdrawals already if they can create a productive plan to retake the course after failing.

Does C count as passing? ›

C - this is a grade that rests right in the middle. C is anywhere between 70% and 79% D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

Is C failing in college? ›

A grade of "C" (2.0) or better is required to satisfy the upper division writing requirement. [A grade of "C minus" (1.7) or lower is not a passing grade.]

What happens if I fail a college class 2 times? ›

At some colleges, only first-year students can retake failed classes. At others, any student can repeat courses. However, schools often put a cap on the number of repeats — and you'll need to pay tuition each time. If you fail a class twice, you might want to consider a different major.

How many times can you fail and retake a class in college? ›

The same is not true for Passed/Not Passed courses (see below). A course may be repeated only once. Although only the second grade earned (for better or worse) will be computed into your GPA, both grades will remain on your transcript.

Does dual enrollment increase students success in college? ›

On average, dual enrollment has a positive impact on high school academics, high school graduation rates, college enrollment, college success, and college completion rates.

Why is dual enrollment better than AP? ›

Dual enrollment allows high school students to begin undergraduate classes for credit. Unlike Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which award credit based on a test, dual enrollment courses award credit as long as the student passes the class.

How many AP classes should I take? ›

For students aiming for the Ivy League and Top 20 schools in the United States, a good target is to take (and pass) 10-14 AP classes throughout your high school career — or 3-4 each year.

How much money do people without a high school diploma make per year on average? ›

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), median weekly earnings in 2020 for those with less than a high school degree was $619. That works out to $32,188 per year, assuming a year of constant earning.

Do honors classes boost your GPA? ›

Do honors classes boost your GPA? Yes. Honors classes often boost your GPA by 0.5 points. Finishing with a 3.5 GPA in an honors course could equate to a 4.0 GPA in a regular course.

Do college classes taken in high school affect college GPA? ›

If it is taken for College Credit, it does not appear on your transcript and does not count in your High School GPA from your high school. Apparently, Universities (at least the UC's and CSU's) calculate it as a part of your incoming GPA (which makes sense).

Do electives count towards GPA? ›

This can vary based on the school or district, but elective classes may impact your GPA. Your grade point average is a standardized way to view your academic achievement. It includes both core and non-core classes. That's why taking elective courses you can excel in can be a good idea.

What is the lowest GPA Harvard has accepted? ›

You should also have a 4.18 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score. For a school as selective as Harvard, you'll also need to impress them with the rest of your application.

What GPA is required for Harvard? ›

The GPA requirements for Harvard University are between 3.9 to 4.1. You will need an incredibly high GPA and will likely be graduating at the top of their class in order to get into Harvard University.

What GPA is needed for Yale? ›

GPA Requirements

Yale University does not have a strict minimum GPA requirement for undergraduate admissions. However, admitted students typically have very high GPAs, ranging from 3.8 to 4.0, with an average GPA of 3.9.

What is the hardest AP class? ›

United States History, Biology, English Literature, Calculus BC, Physics C, and Chemistry are often named as the hardest AP classes and tests. These classes have large curriculums, tough tests, and conceptually difficult material.

What is the easiest AP class? ›

Easiest AP exams by pass rate
  • AP Art & Design: Drawing.
  • AP Art & Design: 2-D.
  • AP Calculus BC.
  • AP Chinese Language.
  • AP English Literature.
  • AP French Language.
  • AP Government & Politics.
  • AP Italian Language.
Jan 13, 2023

Is taking 4 AP classes too much? ›

An Ivy League hopeful might take 3 to 5 AP classes, while if you're aiming for less-selective schools, 2 to 4 would be enough. Senior Year: Take more APs in core subjects and additional subjects, again being careful not to overburden your schedule and to leave time for college applications.

What credit score do most college students have? ›

College students have an average credit score of 630, according to Credit Karma. That is considered to fall in the “fair” range, making college students less likely to be approved for things such as a mortgage, car loan or credit line.

Is IB or dual enrollment better? ›

A student can earn college credit through AP/IB exams or through Dual Enrollment classes. While AP and IB can allow students to place out of certain introductory level classes, if finishing college in less than four years is a priority, Dual Enrollment is probably your best bet.

What are three disadvantages of going to college university after high school? ›

Before starting college, make sure you are aware of the drawbacks:
  • Cost of attendance. College is expensive. ...
  • No guarantees for high-paying jobs. Although a college degree is an advantage, finding a well paying job is not so easy any more. ...
  • Not all students graduate. ...
  • It can be overwhelming.
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Do any Ivy Leagues accept dual credit? ›

No, most Ivy schools do not accept dual enrollment transfer credits.

Does dual enrollment affect UC GPA? ›

UC-transferable college courses that fall within the A-G subject areas, including those completed through dual enrollment, will earn an extra point in the UC freshman admission GPA calculation - within our maximum honors points limitations - if completed with a letter grade of C or better.

Can you get into UCLA with a 3.5 GPA? ›

California applicants must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and nonresidents must earn a minimum 3.4 GPA in all A-G or college-preparatory courses to meet this requirement.

Will one C ruin my GPA in high school? ›

Will one “C” ruin my GPA in high school? While receiving a “C” will impact your GPA, it will certainly not ruin it. That “C” won't ruin your chances of getting into college either. However, how leniently colleges view the “C” will largely depend on what grade you received it in.

How many classes is bad to withdraw? ›

Withdrawing from one or two classes generally won't have too much of an impact on your GPA. However, if you withdraw from too many classes, or if they're all high-level courses, you could be in trouble. Dropping a class can affect your financial aid.

How many W are acceptable on a transcript? ›

You are limited to 18 units of Ws on your transcript. The grade of W does not affect your grade point average (GPA). You can find withdrawal period dates on the Student Success Central Academic Calendar. You have the right to petition to receive a WX when withdrawing from a course.

Do colleges prefer dual enrollment or AP? ›

In determining admissions, colleges do not prefer dual enrollment over AP classes or vice versa. Rather, the admissions officers will look at course rigor.

Is AP or dual enrollment harder? ›

It is generally accepted that when it comes to having more rigorous curricula, AP programs win the AP classes vs dual enrollment battle. AP programs are also more widely accepted. Moreover, it is more convenient to take AP courses over dual enrollment.

Does Harvard accept dual enrollment credits? ›

Harvard does not grant credit for college coursework that you have completed before you matriculate at the school. In other words, if you have credit from your AP tests, IB exams, or dual credit classes in high school, you will not be granted credit at Harvard.

Does failing a dual enrollment class affect GPA? ›

What happens if students fail? Dual Credit grades go permanently on both your high school and college transcripts. A bad grade in a Dual Credit class affects your college GPA.

Is 12 AP classes good? ›

For competitive Ivy League schools, admission officers also want to see AP courses for core subject areas and additional courses. If possible, aim to pass about seven to 12 AP exams if applying to these highly selective schools.

How much will failing a class affect GPA? ›

Your GPA is your grade point average. It's calculated by assigning a numerical value to each letter grade you earn and dividing that by the total number of classes you take. To exemplify, an A=4, B=3, C=2, and D=1. This means that receiving a fail (or F) gives you a zero.

Do dual enrollment classes affect weighted GPA? ›

Dual credit courses are very unlikely to impact your college GPA, even if you're using the courses as college credits. Most colleges only consider the grades you earn once you're a college student.

Does failing a dual enrollment class affect financial aid? ›

The grades earned in dual enrollment courses will be part of the permanent student record and college transcript. Poor grades in dual enrollment courses can hurt students' chances of receiving financial aid as well as their eligibility to enroll in a four-year college or university.

What will an F do to a 3.7 GPA? ›

The failing grade will NOT calculate in your GPA, but it will still show on your transcript.

Can I raise my GPA from 3.2 to 3.5 in 1 semester? ›

The fewer credit hours you have earned, the easier it will be to raise your GPA. If you have a 3.0 GPA and 15 credit hours, by earning straight A's during your next (15 credit) semester, you can bump your GPA to a 3.5.

Does failing a class look bad on transcript? ›

A failing grade will likely hurt your GPA (unless you took the course pass/fail), which could jeopardize your financial aid. The failure will end up on your college transcripts and could hurt your chances of getting into graduate school or graduating when you originally planned to.

Is it better to fail and retake a class or withdraw? ›

Is it better to withdraw from a class or fail the class in college? According to Croskey, it is usually better to withdraw from a class. Exceptions may result for students with many withdrawals already if they can create a productive plan to retake the course after failing.

What are the best dual enrollment classes to take? ›

  • What Classes Are Good For Dual Enrollment? Dual enrollment is a program that allows high school students to take college courses. ...
  • English and History. Take dual enrollment English and History courses that fit into your school's program. ...
  • Math. ...
  • Criminal Justice. ...
  • Environmental Science. ...
  • Government. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Engineering.

How many classes can you fail before you lose financial aid? ›

How Many Classes Can You Fail With Financial Aid? If you fail one class but have an excellent academic track record before that, then your GPA may be strong enough to stay qualified for financial aid. Recovering your GPA and requalifying for financial aid is often easier if you've just failed one class.

What happens to my fafsa if I fail all my classes? ›

Failing or taking an incomplete grade in courses can impact your financial aid in multiple ways. The 3 main impacts may be owing money back for the current term, losing federal aid eligibility for future terms, and not meeting the renewal criteria for scholarships and institutional aid.

How many classes do you have to fail to lose financial aid? ›

If you failed one class, but received strong marks in the rest of your courses, you should be fine. Each institution has its own satisfactory academic process, but for the most part, you should maintain a “C” average to continue receiving aid. If one “F” doesn't bring you below that average, your aid won't change.

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