Considerations for Students and Families
We are glad you are considering Dual Enrollment at Central Piedmont!
Dual Enrollment students can take advantage of everything college has to offer while you still have support from your high school. We provide our dual enrolled students with a variety of resources and benefits so you can make the most of your experience with us.
What is Dual Enrollment?
Our Dual Enrollment program allows high school or homeschooled students to enroll — tuition-free — in college classes. Whether you intend to pursue a four-year degree or go right into the workforce, the Dual Enrollment program can ease the financial burden of higher education while making your educational and career goals attainable.
Dual-enrolled students can:
- earn high school and college credit for a single course
- demonstrate their abilities to college recruiters through earning transfer credit
- discover fields of study that help them choose a career
Our small class sizes and academic support — such as tutoring, labs, and libraries — are available to help you succeed. In addition, students in the Dual Enrollment program can take advantage of leadership opportunities, service-learning, and student clubs and organizations. This helps connect dual-enrolled students to other Central Piedmont students, faculty, and staff.
Things to Consider when Exploring Dual Enrollment
Dual Enrollment is a significant opportunity with many advantages. It is also a commitment that may, or may not, be the right fit for you.
School / Life Balance
Dual Enrollment students must balance high school classes, extracurricular activities, and other commitments with their college classes. For example, if you participate in sports or have a part-time job, you may need to work these activities around your class schedules. It is important to consider all of this when deciding how many classes to take.
Calendar and Schedule
Students in Dual Enrollment follow Central Piedmont’s academic calendar, which will differ from your high school’s calendar. You are still required to attend college classes even if your high school may be closed or on a break.
Transportation and Meals
Transportation to and from campus is your responsibility; meal planning is also a consideration for days when your classes meet on campus. Online classes may also be an option depending on the pathway you choose.
Dual Enrollment students are like any other college student. When given the opportunity, you will learn to navigate college, be self-sufficient and advocate for yourself. While families may oversee some aspects of dual enrollment, ultimately you are responsible for your success.
We offer virtual information sessions so you can learn more about Dual Enrollment. These sessions provide a great opportunity to explore our pathways, understand which courses are required, and what you can do with the credit you earn.
Students: accommodation plans such as an IEP or 504 Plan do not automatically transfer to college. If you would like to request accommodations at Central Piedmont, contact Disability and Access Services.
Parents/guardians: you can assist your student(s) with requesting accommodations. However, once they are enrolled at Central Piedmont, parents/guardians will not have access to students' educational records due to protection under FERPA.
Students: you may choose to grant access to your educational records to your parents/guardians. To do so, please complete this Student Information Release Authorization Form (PDF) and email it to Central Piedmont’s Records department.
Common Questions about Dual Enrollment
What college classes can a high school count for graduation credit?
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) determines which dual enrollment classes count toward graduation requirements. Visit the NCDPI website for more details.
Which North Carolina public universities are part of the articulation agreement with Central Piedmont?
All universities in the UNC System are part of the agreement.
Which independent colleges and universities accept credit from Central Piedmont?
Visit the NC Community Colleges website to learn more about institutions that will accept credit earned by dual enrollment students at Central Piedmont.
How does credit transfer to out-of-state or private colleges and universities?
For schools outside of these two articulation agreements, you should reach out to the Admissions office of that school to learn how Central Piedmont credits will transfer.
How long can a student take classes through dual enrollment?
Students may participate one academic year per grade level. Depending on what semester the student starts, they may not receive a full college year (fall, spring, summer semester).
Who is the student’s Academic Advisor?
Dual Enrollment students are advised by the Dual Enrollment staff.
If I finish my transfer pathway while I'm still in dual enrollment, what do I take next?
We recommend you speak with a transfer advisor and you can email us to get connected with them. You can review our Transfer Degree Course Sequence page for more guidance.
Still Have Questions?
You are invited to attend one of our virtual information sessions to learn more about Dual Enrollment. These sessions go into more detail about the program, and can help you understand how to choose a pathway, what courses are required, expected outcomes, and how to transfer the credit you earn.