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.
Before you begin, read the Dual Enrollment Agreement and the addendum appropriate to your high school experience.
Steps 1 – 2 are completed one time. Steps 3 – 7 are completed prior to every semester.
Meet Eligibility Requirements
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. Check eligibility in Polk State’s Dual Enrollment Agreement and read frequently asked questions on the Florida’s Department of Education website here.
A quick list of requirements for the three types of Dual Enrollment are:
- Dual Enrollment – (taking up to 11 credits a term as a part time student while in high school grades 6-12)
- Earned 6 high school credits
- Unweighted high school GPA 3.0
- Approved by HS counselor
- Placement test at college-level
- Early Admission – (taking 12-15 credits a semester as a full-time college student) and Accelerated Program ( taking more than 15 credits a semester as a full-time college student in select programs leading to industry certifications)
- Earned 21 high school credits (18 if you are a full time student at Florida Virtual School)
- Unweighted high school GPA of 3.2
- Approved by HS counselor
- Placement test at college-level
Complete the Polk State College Online Admission Application
You may enter your application during a Dual Enrollment Admission event at your public high school or at the College Admission and Registrar’s Office in Winter Haven, Lakeland, or Lake Wales, or online. Check with your high school counselor for dates and times of Admission events. You will need:
- A valid personal email address
- Your own social security number ( if you don’t have one, you can still apply but do not use your parent’s social security number.)
- When you complete the application, print the admission letter you receive. It has important information including a testing ticket and will be very handy.
Submit official scores from an approved placement test
P.E.R.T., ACT, or SAT 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.
You can use your admission letter with the test ticket to take the P.E.R.T. at the College. You must have your student ID which is on the Admission ticket. See, we told you the letter would be handy! The letter tells you where to take the test.
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.)
For placement higher than MAT1033, see a college advisor.
Complete the College’s student orientation.
Take the online orientation. You will have a registration hold until you take orientation. Once you take orientation you will be able to register within 4 school day hours.
Complete course selection, approval,
- Public school students – Complete the approval form or use the DELTA portal 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 firstname.lastname@example.org* each semester.
- Use the PASSPORT student portal to check your schedule and ensure it is correct.
Public school students register for approved classes at a Dual Enrollment Registration Day at their high school and any student, including public school students can register 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 Academic Calendar for dates and times of open registration.. 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 email@example.com.*
Submit course schedule to high school counselor
You may request high school schedule adjustment, if necessary. Public high school students will do this through the student portal called DELTA. Public high school counselors will give students information on the use of DELTA. 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 or by using the unofficial transcript in the PASSPORT portal.
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:
- Lakeland and west Polk County — Mrs. Simmi Johnson, 863.669.2822, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winter Haven and east Polk County — Mrs. Mary Westgate, 863.292.3758, email@example.com