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About TROY’s Dual Enrollment Program for High School Students

Want to earn college credit while you’re still in high school? Get a head start on your college career with ’s ACCELERATE, an early enrollment program for high school students. In this customized program, you can do schoolwork once and get double the credit — all while working toward your degree and getting one step closer to your career.

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“As a native, I have grown up in the atmosphere of . The University has influenced my life for as long as I can remember, so when I was offered the chance to enter the Dual Enrollment Program through the Pike County School System's Academy program, I saw an early opportunity to begin my college education at a great university.”
Brady Bar | Associate Degree in General Education with a focus on STEM '21

Start Dual Enrollment Classes Now. Finish College Early.

Your freshman year at TROY could start as early as your sophomore year of high school. TROY’s dual enrollment program allows you the chance to earn university credits in courses like math and English while completing your sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. That means you can shorten the time it takes to get your degree and learn what college is like before you graduate high school.

How the ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Program Works

When you enroll in ACCELERATE, you’ll choose from a wide range of courses to receive high school and college credit at the same time. These courses can satisfy TROY general education requirements and are designed to transfer to any college or university. You can complete classes online or on campus, making it easier to fit your classes into your schedule.


All student paperwork must be submitted to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator, KeLeigh Pritchett, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before classes start. This includes the registration request form. These documents should be emailed to Upcoming deadlines for admission and registration are as follows:

  • Term 1 2024: August 7
  • Term 2 2024: October 9
  • Term 3 2025: January 8
  • Term 4 2025: March 19
  • Term 5 2025: May 21

Dual Enrollment Courses for High School Students

You can take any 1,000-level or 2,000-level course in the dual enrollment program as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements. Some examples of dual enrollment classes include:
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Dual Enrollment Program Locations

Take dual enrollment classes online or on campus. Choose the option that’s best for you. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Why Choose TROY for High School Dual Enrollment?

From the wide variety of courses you can take to the flexible format, you’ll experience numerous benefits from studying at TROY. You’ll be able to choose from an extensive course list, customizing your high school dual enrollment to your career interests and future college major. If you need flexibility, you’ll also have the benefit of choosing our online dual enrollment program.

Some other benefits: TROY has a 120-year history of educating college students and is widely recognized as being a distance education leader. At TROY, you’ll learn from attentive and caring professors who are dedicated to helping you succeed in college courses and your future career.

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Faculty Profiles

KeLeigh Pritchett

KeLeigh Pritchett

Hello! My name is KeLeigh Pritchett, and I am thrilled to continue my journey as a TROY Trojan as an Enrollment Coordinator in the Office of Admissions and an adjunct instructor! I graduated from with both my B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education, and I am looking forward to giving back to the university that has given so much to me. So many opportunities await! My husband and I love to be involved in the community. We have recently moved to and look forward to making our home in such a welcoming community. We have 2 children and one on the way. We both love to travel and have been to 15 countries since we have been married. I look forward to working with each of you! Please feel free to reach out if you need me at any point.

ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment Admissions Requirements

You need the following to apply for high school dual enrollment:

*If you wish to take a Math or English Placement Test, please contact

How to Apply for ACCELERATE High School Dual Enrollment

Step 1: Determine eligibility for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment by reviewing the admissions requirements.

Step 2: Discuss ACCELERATE with your guidance counselor. TROY must obtain permission via the from your high school to process your admission application for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment.

Step 3: Submit the for admission. The ACCELERATE program is located in the undergraduate online degree programs.

Step 4: Pay the nonrefundable $30 application fee via PayPal.

Step 5: Email admissions documents to the Program Coordinator at

Step 6: Discuss course selection with the ACCELERATE Program Coordinator.

Step 7: Complete the to register for classes.

“Participating in TROY’s dual enrollment program provides our students with numerous benefits. They have the opportunity to get a head start on their college education, build time management and other college-ready skills, and learn what to expect in college — all while still in high school. These opportunities help create confidence, accelerate students’ academic progress and potentially save time and money in pursuit of students’ higher education goals. Additionally, students have access to a diverse range of courses taught by experienced faculty, providing a preview of the rigor and expectations of college-level academics. Engaging in this program fosters intellectual growth, enhances college readiness and equips our students with valuable skills for their future academic and professional endeavors. Thanks to dual enrollment at TROY, students will enter college feeling well-prepared and ahead of the game. I highly recommend this program to any high school student looking to maximize their academic potential and streamline their path to higher education.”
Ginger Boutwell | High School Counselor

FAQ About the ACCELERATE Program

Learn more about TROY’s early enrollment program for high school students.
What is dual enrollment in high school?

Dual enrollment means that you are enrolled in both high school and college classes. Dual enrollment allows you to take college-level courses in high school to gain credit for high school and college courses. That means you can do the work once while getting twice the credit. 

For example, you will need to take 11th grade English to graduate high school. At the college level, you need Composition and Modern English (ENG 1101). If you enroll in and complete ENG 1101 at TROY, you will obtain your 11th grade English grade and your college-level English credit.

What are the benefits of dual enrollment programs?
Dual enrollment programs provide many benefits. In addition to earning both high school and college credit, you’ll get a head start on your college career, allowing you to potentially finish early and save on tuition costs. You’ll also get prepared for college, learning what a college class is like before you graduate high school. 

At TROY, you’ll be able to choose from a range of challenging and exciting courses. These classes give you the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. You’ll also be able to network with professors and other students, making connections that could benefit you in college and in your career.
What dual enrollment classes should I take in high school?
There are several dual enrollment classes you can take in high school, but some of the most common include English Composition 1 and 2, Intro to Psychology, Principles of Biology and Biology Lab, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics and Applied Fitness Concepts.
Can you take dual enrollment classes online?
Yes, TROY offers dual enrollment online.
Do dual enrollment classes affect high school GPA?
Yes, dual enrollment classes can affect your GPA; however, our program has a high success rate.
What's the difference between a dual enrollment course and an AP course?
There are several differences between dual enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. A dual enrollment course is a college class taught by a TROY faculty member and AP classes are taught by high school teachers. When you finish a dual enrollment course, you will not have to take the course again in college, whereas you might need to with an AP course.

When you successfully complete your dual enrollment course, you will earn both high school and college credit. For AP classes, you will only earn college credit if you do well on the AP exam. You’ll receive a separate high school transcript and college transcript for each school.
How many college credits can you earn in high school?
Individual colleges may have different parameters for how many credits you can earn while in high school. TROY’s early enrollment program allows you to earn several credits while still in high school. Some students even earn their associate degree (60 credit hours) and then continue on at TROY to obtain their bachelor’s. If you’re interested in the ACCELERATE program, we encourage you to consult your college(s) of interest to determine if they have a cap on the number of college credits you can earn before graduating high school.
Does dual enrollment count as attending college?
Individual colleges may have different perspectives of the dual enrollment student. At TROY, we consider you a college student earning college credit. However, you will still be considered as having freshman status after high school graduation, which means you will still be eligible for freshman scholarships.
Will dual enrollment credits transfer to the college of my choice?
The dual enrollment courses available through ACCELERATE are designed to transfer to any college or university. They can be used to satisfy the general education core requirement at the freshman or sophomore level of college. If you have questions about the transferability of your credits, check with the ACCELERATE Program Coordinator.
Is dual enrollment difficult?
Dual enrollment classes are college-level and, therefore, college-level work. Like your high school classes, some classes may come easier to you than others. One of the biggest challenges students face with dual enrollment is managing their time. Time management skills are often mastered during your first dual enrollment course, allowing for success in your future courses.
How much does the ACCELERATE program cost?
The cost for the 2023-2024 tuition is $145/credit hour. There is a one-time $30 application fee. You will also pay for books. While book prices vary, $100 per course is a generous estimate.

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Studies show that students who earn college credit in high school are more likely to continue their education after graduation.

How Dual Enrollment Courses Can Cut Down on College Costs

It’s no surprise that for many students and parents who are thinking about what’s next after high school, how to pay for college is a concern that’s firmly top of mind. The thought of taking out loans and incurring debt can make the college decision-making process challenging and stressful for families. Fortunately, by planning ahead and taking advantage of dual enrollment programs, such as the ACCELERATE program that offers, families can save money on college costs and even accelerate a student’s path to an associate or bachelor’s degree.

“I am incredibly impressed with the dual enrollment program. My son, Ben, not only achieved his high school diploma but also earned an associate’s degree in leadership from TROY and obtained a private pilot’s license — all at no cost to our family. Thanks to this program, Ben seamlessly transitioned to college life. Having gained valuable experience in college classes while still living at home, he developed strong time management skills during his time in the program. This foundation not only facilitated a smooth adjustment to college academics but also allowed him to thrive in his new environment. We are truly grateful for the holistic preparation this program provided.”
Reyna Freeman | ACCELERATE Parent


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