Dual enrollment courses have been a feature in South Carolina high schools since 1972. These courses provide an avenue through which highly talented high school youth can earn college credit while simultaneously meeting high school graduation requirements by 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. The class meets on the regular high school schedule with adjustments when necessary.
In this arrangement, when you successfully complete the course, USC Sumter formally posts the earned credit to your college transcript, and the high school posts the earned credit to your high school transcript.
If you're interested in the dual enrollment program provided through USC Sumter, please contact your school guidance counselor to discuss the possibility of participating.
High School students who participate in USC Sumter's Early College program come on the USC Sumter campus and take classes concurrently with college students. You receive academic credit for the course if you complete it successfully.
Dual Enrollment vs. Early College
Over the last decade, opportunities for high school students to earn college credit have expanded. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and their accompanying tests allow students to take college-level courses from their regular teachers, usually during their senior year. In contrast, students in dual enrollment programs remain formally enrolled in high school but take college courses, taught by college faculty, in classrooms located either at their high school or on a college campus. Students enrolled in the Early College program, take courses on the actual college campus.
Benefits of Both Programs
Participation can decrease your college costs, prepare you better for full-time college-level work, and improve your understanding of the demands of college. You'll also benefit from an expanded set of curricular offerings.