• Dual Enrollment

    Dual Enrollment

    In keeping with our goals to ensure that every child is college and career ready, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit, while still in high school through the Dual Enrollment Program.

    Dual Enrollment Program Background: The College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013, Senate Bill 740 establishes a number of requirements designed at increasing college readiness and degree completion in the State. The bill includes a number of specific higher education initiatives from across the nation that streamline into this legislative act. The Bill’s targeted initiatives include dual enrollment which provides eligible high school students the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school.

    PGCPS will pay tuition for all students dually enrolled in qualified courses at any Maryland public college or university. Additionally, fees and textbooks will be paid for students who receive free and reduced meals.

    PGCPS currently has formal agreements, Memorandum of Understandings, with Prince George's Community College and Bowie State University. As a benefit of the agreement students are able to receive dual credit (credit towards that appear on both the college and high school transcript) for  part of the agreement, the list of courses that receive both high school and college credit have been identified. Additionally, the college shares student grades directly with PGCPS. If students are participating in Dual Enrollment at an institution where PGCPS does not have a formal agreement, grades must be submitted to the Department of College and Career Readiness and Innovative Programs, to be added to the high school transcript.  

    PGCPS students must meet the following criteria to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program:

    Be currently enrolled in a Prince George’s County Public Schools (Private and Homeschool students are not eligible for this particular program but may be eligible for Concurrent Enrollment Programs)

    • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade  (this includes the summer before a student’s junior year)
    • Meet college requirements on college admissions tests – SAT, ACT, Accuplacer (Minimum admissions requirements may vary at each college)
    • Provide own transportation to and from the college campus

    Please Note:  Seniors are not able to earn dual credit for courses taken during the spring semester of their senior year.

    How to Apply:

    ******* ALERT *******

    Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, summer 2020 semester dual enrollment participation may be limited or restricted at some institutions. PGCPS’ Office of College Readiness will continue to work with Maryland public institutions to offer online applications and provide virtual course options for students interested in participation in the PGCPS Dual Enrollment Program. Please check our website for updates.

    About the Accuplacer Assessment:

    High school juniors and seniors, with a 2.5 minimum GPA, have an opportunity to take the Accuplacer assessment , at their high school free of charge during the school year. The new Accuplacer Next Generation has replace the previously administered Classic Accuplacer. The Accuplacer is a college placement exam administered online that tests a student's proficiency in reading, math and writing. 

    Eligible students are permitted to take the exam once during a designated testing window at their high school.  Students are able to retake the exam once during each subsequent designated testing windows. 

    Sample Accuplacer test questions and a study guides: 

    Next Generation Sample Accuplacer - Reading
    Next Generation Sample Accuplacer - WritePlacer
    Next Generation Sample Accuplacer - Advanced Algebra and Functions
    Next Generation Sample Accuplacer - Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 

    Students who have previously taken the exam, and are satisfied with their scores, are not required to retake it.

    Detailed information: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/educator/next-generation

    Testing Windows:

    Accuplacer Testing Window for Spring Enrollment 2020

    Sept 16 - Oct 4, 2019

    Accuplacer Testing Window for Summer/Fall 2020

    Feb 18 - Mar 2, 2020

    Actual testing dates vary depending on the high school but must fall within the testing window. Contact the school for their unique testing dates.

    Key Dates to Remember:

    • Prince George’s Community College 2020 Summer and Fall Online Application Opens – April 15, 2020
    • Prince George’s Community College 2020 Summer and Fall Application Due Date – May 6, 2020


    Want to know more about the Dual Enrollment Program?

    Dual Enrollment Information Session Presentation English  Spanish  French

    Frequently Asked Questions   English     Spanish     French

    Check out what students have to say about their personal experience in the program click here