High School Dual Enrollment

What Is Dual Enrollment?

Dual enrollment is a program that allows local high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses at Elizabethtown College for credit prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual enrollment may be concurrently applied toward high school and college graduation.

What Are The Benefits Of Dual Enrollment?

  • It provides the opportunity for high school students to experience college coursework early and to take courses that are not offered at their high school.
  • Enrolling in college courses provides high school students the chance to explore their academic area of interest.
  • If advanced placement (AP) courses are not offered or are limited at a student’s high school, taking a college course will demonstrate their ability to undertake more difficult coursework.
  • Dual enrolled high school students will experience life on a college campus; sitting in a class taught by a college professor alongside other college students.
  • High school students can begin accumulating college credits early, and at a significantly lower cost.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Elizabethtown College is a selective process. The following is required to complete an application for dual enrollment:

  • Complete the Admissions Dual Enrollment Application form, including the “Minors on Campus” section - there is no application fee!
  • Guidance counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcript

Forms may be sent to Elizabethtown College via mail or email:


Elizabethtown College

Office of Admissions

Attention: Paula Orenstein

One Alpha Drive

Elizabethtown, PA 17022



Attention: Dual Enrollment

Priority Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications for the fall semester, March 15. The deadline to submit dual enrollment applications for fall is August 1.

We will begin accepting applications for the spring semester, Oct. 15. The deadline to submit dual enrollment applications for spring is January 1.


Tuition is $100 per credit and billed directly to the student. Students also are responsible for text books and transportation costs. There is no charge for on-campus parking.

Selecting Courses

Guidance counselors and students should be able to access up to-date information on course availability on the Registration & Records website:

  • View the available course listings here. Please look under “Select Criteria for Course Selection,” choose “Year and Term” and select “Search Now.” This lists ALL courses, so you’ll need to check to see whether they are labeled as open, closed, or canceled.
  • Most courses offered are four credits.
  • The earlier students complete and submit their registration forms, the more likely classes will be available.
  • The online listing also will provide necessary information on prerequisites, restrictions, etc. Courses with prerequisites would not be appropriate unless the students have taken the necessary courses previously. Please check the online catalog to view courses.
  • Courses marked “RBI” or “Register by Instructor” require special permission from the instructor and admissions would have to obtain approval before putting the student in the class.
  • Students are generally permitted to register in any open, entry-level courses that do not have prerequisites.
  • There is a language placement test available to determine which level the student should be in, or students are put in direct contact with the modern languages department.
  • Math placement is based on information from the high school in terms of which math courses they have already completed, SAT scores, etc. Permission must be granted by the mathematics department chair.

The Admissions Office does not guarantee the availability of courses to high school students. Registration is contingent on space available in the course.

Classes usually meet one to three times a week. Class lengths vary from an hour and a quarter to two hours, or potentially three hours for labs.

High School Dual Enrollment Orientation

High school students are required to attend orientation scheduled within one week prior to the beginning of classes.

  • Upon payment of tuition, students will receive a temporary ID card for the semester which will allow them to borrow books from the library.
  • Many courses require students to have a campus network account and email in order to get assignments and post assignments.
  • A temporary parking tag is issued for students driving to campus during the day. No additional fees are charged for these items.

College Store

Located in Brossman Commons:

Business Office

Located in Zug Hall, Room 212

  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Contact the Business Office at (717) 361-1417 or businessoffice@etown.edu
  • Payment for tuition may be made by check through the Business Office or by using Visa, American Express, Discover, or MasterCard. No cash. If using a check, please make it payable to “Elizabethtown College".