Taking dual enrollment courses in high school can be beneficial for students who are planning to transfer from DCC to a four-year institution, with or without an Associate's Degree. To see how specific courses transfer, please visit the course equivalency database for the four-year institution in which you are interested. Links to these databases can be found in the DCC Transfer Guide.
Dual enrollment courses generally transfer to four-year institutions the same way that courses would transfer if a student takes them post-high school. There are some exceptions, however, as to their transferability under VCCS Guaranteed Admission Agreements (GAAs). For example, if a student who wants to transfer to UVA completes ENG 111 and 112 as a high school student, he will be required to take an additional English course when he enrolls at UVA. If the student had taken ENG 111 and 112 post-high school, the additional course would not be required. While these exceptions are few, students and parents should familiarize themselves with the GAA at the institution(s) in which they are interested so they are clear about any and all requirements.
**Please note that students completing an Associate's Degree while in high school typically are not permitted to apply to four-year institutions as transfer students, nor do they qualify for Guaranteed Admission. While the credits still transfer, in most cases, GAAs apply only to those students who earn an Associate's Degree post-high school. Please contact the particular four-year institution to learn about specific policies.
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