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Dual Enrollment

Ready to get started on your college education before you finish high school? USC Lancaster offers opportunities for eligible high school students to earn college credit while taking courses that also count toward high school graduation requirements. At USCL the term “Dual Enrollment” refers to courses offered through USC Lancaster in a cooperative arrangement with a school district.

Get a Head Start

Dual enrollment courses have been a feature in South Carolina high schools since 1972. The purpose of these courses is to provide an avenue through which highly talented high school youth can earn college credit while simultaneously meeting high school graduation requirements, taking courses in the high school setting taught by an approved USC professor. The university professor designs the course, including the syllabus and all major assessments, and provides instructional time using video lectures, online delivery, and classroom visits. The class meets on the regular high school schedule with the classroom teacher as the facilitator. 

If you're interested in the dual enrollment program provided through USC Lancaster, please contact your school guidance counselor to discuss the possibility of USCL courses being provided at your high school.

 

For Dual Enrollment Students

From the USC Provost Regarding Dual Enrollment
Before You Enroll

If you decide to enroll in a course for dual credit, please be aware of the following facts:

  • You are establishing a permanent college transcript so your success is very important.
  • Dual enrollment courses do count toward the GPA and hours earned as part of a student’s first year in college which can affect eligibility for financial aid programs in the second year of college.
  • Students are responsible for maintaining the academic standards of the University of South Carolina as stated in the USCL Student Handbook.
Dropping a Course

You must follow certain procedures and be aware of your high school’s deadline for schedule adjustment when dropping a course. If you would like to drop a course, check with your teacher to find out the last date to drop without a WF (withdrew failing) appearing on your USCL transcript.

Simply changing your class schedule at the high school does not drop you from the official class roll. Notify your guidance counselor that you wish to drop the course. Your school counselor must then complete a withdrawal form and send this form to the Director of Off Campus Programs. Failure to follow these procedures may result in an “F” being placed on your permanent University record.

Transfer of College Credits

At the end of the course, credit earned by satisfactory completion of dual enrollment courses (usually an earned grade of “C” or higher) will transfer to public South Carolina institutions, provided that the course is included on the List of Transferable Courses in the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Policy.

If the course is not included on the above list, you are responsible for contacting the higher education institution to see if the course credit will be accepted.

If you plan on attending a private institution in South Carolina or any public or private institutions outside of South Carolina, you are responsible for contacting the institution and obtaining written assurance that the dual enrollment course credit will apply toward your degree requirements.

Transcripts

At the end of the course, you can check your grade and request a transcript online. To request credit transfer to schools other than USC, a student must have an official transcript sent to that school’s records office. If you are applying to more than one school, you can request an official transcript be sent to each one.

Absences

High School Dual Enrollment courses follow the standard attendance policy as stated in the USCL Academic Bulletin. Absence from more than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions whether excused or unexcused is excessive and may result in a grade penalty.

Testing

Tests must be taken on the assigned dates. Makeup tests are only permitted in extreme cases.

Confidentiality of Student Records

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of l974, USCL students have the right to review, inspect, and challenge the accuracy of information kept in a cumulative file by the institution unless the student waives this right. It also ensures that records cannot be released in other than emergency situations without the written consent of the student. For more information on FERPA policy, see the USCL Student Handbook at the above referenced web page.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Access to Medford Library’s Electronic Resources is available from off-campus to currently enrolled students using EZProxy access. 

Equal Opportunity

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office of the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs is located at 1600 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC; telephone 803-777-3854.

Required Documentation to Enroll

Application

Dual Enrollment Residency [pdf]: Must be completed to apply for Lottery Tuition Assistance. Any areas left blank will cause the application to be rejected. If you have questions, please contact our office.

LTAP Funding request [pdf]: Must be signed by high school counselor to verify student GPA.

US Citizenship form [pdf]: Must supply official birth certificate to complete this form.

Immunization Records [pdf]: Must be provided by all students taking classes on the USC Lancaster Campus.

High School Transcript: Every student must provide an official high school transcript.