Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment
Dual credit is a program which provides public high school students the opportunity to receive credit for both high school and college by taking a single qualifying course.
Dual credit is a state statute, revised in 2007 by the State legislature – Senate Bill 943, Statutory Authority, Section 9-25-8 NMSA (01/01/08). Concurrent enrollment functions similarly but does not required that the college course be aligned with a corresponding high school course. Consequently, the student is not guaranteed that the high school will accept the college credit toward high school graduation requirement.
Unlike dual credit, concurrent enrollment is an option available to private and home schooled students. One form of dual credit, referred to as college offered, requires that the student attend regularly scheduled UNM-Gallup courses, either on campus or at an off-site (which can include at the high after hours).
Another form of dual credit, referred to as school offered, allows students to receive college credit for courses they are taking at the high school.
In addition, dual credit courses can be academic or career-technical in nature. Developmental or remedial courses cannot be offered for dual credit.
Admission for this program is a non-degree status an does not constitute regular admission to UNM.
To be considered for dual credit or concurrent enrollment it is necessary for the student to meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:
To qualify for academic dual credit or concurrent enrollment courses, a high school student must:
- Be a public high school student (Note: this is a requirement for dual credit; private and home school students are on concurrent enrollment status).
- Be at least 16 years old (exceptions can be made in certain situations with approval of a parent, high school principal, and college dean);
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA;
- Achieve minimum qualifying score on the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS tests (this applies to English and Mathematics courses and courses with require college-level English or Mathematics prerequisites); and
- Complete the Dual Enrollment Initial Application Packet form provided by UNM-Gallup and provide an official high school transcript.
To qualify for career technical courses, a high school student must:
- Be a public high school student (please see note in Number 1 above);
- Be at least a high school freshmen;
- Have a minimum 2.0 GPA; and
- Complete the Admissions Application and provide an official high school transcript.