Penn State Mont Alto offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a discounted tuition, giving them an early start on their college credits.
Dual enrollment is offered every fall and spring semester, and courses offered include foundational college courses such as English composition, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology.
Benefits of dual enrollment include:
- Earning early college credits can give students flexibility with their first-year course schedule
- Learning more about Penn State campuses, including the benefits of attending a Penn State campus
- Early experience as a college student can help develop
- time management skills
- effective study habits
- understand the structure and demands of college-level courses
To be considered for dual enrollment, applicants must be a high school junior or senior with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a combined SAT critical reading and math score of 1,000 to be considered for this program. PSAT scores may also be evaluated. However, exceptions may be made for promising students who do not meet the above criteria. Our review is holistic; we will consider multiple factors, including GPA trajectory, high school attendance, and guidance counselor recommendation.
If you have specific questions about eligibility, please ask contact Shawn Wiley, director of Enrollment Management.
Students meet with a dual enrollment adviser prior to the semester of attendance to complete their course scheduling. Students may schedule up to eight credits (two courses), though three credits (one course) per semester is typical.
To remain in the program, students must earn a grade of C or better in each course.
Credits earned under the provisions of this program are valid at any Penn State location and may be transferred to another institution as Penn State credits.