The Dual Enrollment program allows academically talented high school students to take college classes while still in high school. Some of the benefits of participating in the program are broadened educational opportunities, increased depth of study and accelerated attainment of post-secondary educational goals —all with free tuition and fees. To get started, please complete these seven simple steps to become a Dual Enrollment student.

Steps 1 – 2 are completed one time. Steps 3 – 7 are completed prior to every semester.  Before you begin, read the Dual Enrollment Agreement and Addendum appropriate to your high school experience.

Step 1:

Complete the Polk State College Online Admission Application   You may enter your application during a Dual Enrollment Admission event at your high school or at the College Admission and Registrar’s Office in Winter Haven, Lakeland, or Lake Wales. Check with your high school counselor for dates and times of Admission events.

Step 2:

Meet Eligibility Requirements for the respective program. Complete DUAL ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL APPROVAL FORM and bring it with you to see a college advisor on one of the campuses or to an admission or registration event held at one of the public high schools.

Step 3:

Submit official scores from an approved placement test  P.E.R.T., ACT, SAT, or FCAT are acceptable. Official scores must be sent directly to Polk State College from the respective testing agency. P.E.R.T. scores are accessible to the College from the P.E.R.T. Testing Repository and are considered official, so students do not need to request P.E.R.T. scores.  Your scores cannot be over 2 years old from the first day of the semester you plan to attend. 

If you are using ACT or SAT, unofficial scores may be used for one semester but registration will be blocked if official scores are not submitted for future terms. To obtain scores: Click here for SAT scores. Click here for ACT scores.

The table below show minimum placement scores required for eligibility. If you took the P.E.R.T. prior to 10-22-2013, see a college advisor about your placement. (Some FCAT scores may still be applicable for placement.  See a college advisor.)






Reading/Critical Reading





English/Critical Reading




Not Applicable

Elementary Algebra/Mathematics





For placement higher than MAT1033, see a college advisor.

Step 4:

Course selection and approval.

  • Public school students – Complete the approval form and meet with the high school counselor each semester.
  • Private school and home school students – The approval form must be signed each semester by the high school counselor or home school parent and brought to a Polk State advisor at the time of registration.
  • Florida Virtual School students – This approval form must be signed by the high school counselor and submitted to Polk State by the counselor to* each semester.

Step 5:

Complete the College’s  mandatory student orientation, then register for classes. Take the online orientation after June  15, 2015. You may also come to a college campus to take orientation in-person. You will have a registration hold until you take orientation. Once you take orientation you will be able to register within 24 school day hours. Students register for approved classes at a Dual Enrollment Registration Day at their high school or at Polk State College with an academic advisor. See your high school counselor for the Dual Enrollment Registration dates at your school or check the college calendar online for registration dates at the College. Florida Virtual School students and parents may work with a Polk State advisor to determine the best courses to meet their high school and college educational goals by e-mailing*

Step 6:

Submit course schedule to high school counselor  and request high school schedule adjustment, if necessary. Course schedules and grades are sent to the public high school for inclusion on the high school transcript at the end of each term. Home school and private students must request an official transcript from the College.

Step 7:

Acquire textbooks. Each public and private school will give students instructions about when and where to acquire dual enrollment textbooks. Home-schooled students must purchase their own textbooks and materials.

*In all e-mail to Polk State from Florida Virtual High School students, the subject line should state: [FLVS: Your Name].

The Dual Enrollment Coordinators can assist you if you have any additional questions:

You may find more information about the program on our website at or by emailing