Dual Enrollment & Early College Programs
Why early college?
Maybe you have great grades in high school and are looking to challenge yourself further, getting a head start on college coursework. Maybe you do well in high school but aren’t sure what to expect when it comes to going to college.
Taking a college course while in high school can have many benefits:
- Boost your GPA upon successful completion of college courses
- Become comfortable with college course material, college faculty, and the college campus
- Learn what resources are available to you on a college campus
- Graduate high school with transferrable college credits, the confidence and strategies needed to earn a college degree
- Available to students currently enrolled in public, private, or home school grades 9-12
- Students enroll in a college-level course at WSU
- Successful completion of the course results in earned credits from the institution of higher education, as well as credits at your high school toward graduation or elective requirements for having completed the college-level course
- Westfield State is proud to have been awarded Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership funds from the MA Department of Higher Education since the program's inception. These funds help to provide students free or low-cost dual enrollment experiences. Find out more about CDEP here!
High School Scholar
- Available to students currently enrolled in Massachusetts public, private, or home school grades 9-12
- You may enroll in a college-level course at Westfield State University, earning college credit, but do not earn high school credit concurrently
- Courses are available at a discounted rate, based on seat availability
Available to students who enroll in the Westfield Promise Early College Pathway Program at our five partner high schools:
- Holyoke High School
- High School of Commerce, Springfield
- Westfield High School
- Westfield Technical Academy
Information for Enrolling
- Before doing anything, make sure to speak with your school counselor about dual enrollment. Your counselor will be able to assist you with the application process and communicate with the Early College Access Coordinator about what courses are available to you.
- If you are under the age of 18, and do not hold a high school diploma or GED, it is important for you and your family to understand that Financial Aid cannot be accessed.
- Along with the dual enrollment application and course registration form, a FERPA Release Form must also be submitted to the Early College Access Coordinator. A hold will exist on your student account until this form is received. Once received, our records will indicate that you are enrolled as an underage student, and any information regarding enrollment and coursework at Westfield State University may be shared with the parent or legal guardian named on the release form until the student turns 18. Information regarding your grades in college courses will also be shared with your school guidance office. This allows for college course grades and credit to also be applied to high school transcripts if you are in a dual enrollment program.
What Courses can I register for?
Courses available to Dual Enrollment students include any undergraduate courses offered through the College of Graduate & Continuing Education. Courses must not have a major restriction or require a prerequisite course (PR). It is advised that any course taken as part of Dual Enrollment should be part of the MassTransfer block in order to ensure transferability to other institutions.
Important Information for Students and Families
Accepted students and their families will be required to attend an orientation on campus. Students and families will be given a handbook that includes information in regards to:
- Campus expectations
- Grades/withdraw policies/failure policies
- Additional important information