High School & College Dual Enrollment

Accumulate credits prior to entering college

Welch College now offers the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to be dually enrolled in selected college courses prior to their high school graduation. These college credits can be simultaneously applied toward high school and college graduation.

Dual enrollment allows students to make the transition from high school to college easily without being overwhelmed by a new environment. Students get an idea of how high school courses compare to college courses and how high school teachers differ from college professors. These classes also provide an opportunity for students who are not able to take AP or IB classes to demonstrate a more rigorous course load on their transcripts. Finally, one of the biggest benefits is that it allows students to accumulate credits prior to entering college so they will be able to graduate from college early or on time.


In order to qualify to be dually enrolled, students must meet the following Welch College criteria:

  • be at least 15 years of age
  • submit at least one recommendation from a Christian leader
  • have a high-school g.p.a. of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • provide a statement of good standing, along with a transcript, with their current high school (or umbrella school)
  • provide an official ACT score
  • may not enroll in more than 9 total hours per semester
  • obtain approval of the Welch College Admissions Committee and the Provost

Students will be held to the same level of expectations as all college students taking the same course(s).

Financial Obligations

Welch College realizes the financial commitment parents have made to provide their children with a Christian education. To make dual enrollment affordable to parents, Welch College is providing this opportunity to students at a rate that includes a significant scholarshipped amount. The tuition cost per dual enrollment course will be $450 plus the cost of textbooks. This amount is a savings of 70% off the regular tuition rate achieved through a Welch student scholarship.

Qualifying Tennessee students are also eligible for the Dual Enrollment Grant, which is a part of the Tennessee Hope Scholarship. Qualifying students can receive $300 per course, for up to four (4) courses during their Junior and Senior years of high school. Courses taken above the four (4) courses will be deducted from their HOPE Scholarship allowance.

Some of the Hope Scholarship eligibility requirements include:

  • Be classified as an 11th or 12th grader by the student’s high school
  • Meet the admissions criteria for dual enrollment for the college to which the student will enroll as a dually enrolled student
  • Be a Tennessee resident one (1) year prior to enrollment

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, including homeschool requirements, visit the HOPE Scholarship website.

Courses Offered

Welch College dual enrollment courses will meet portions of general education requirements at a number of regionally accredited schools. Some courses that Welch College is offering are:

  • BIB1250 Evangelism & Discipleship (2 hours)
  • BIO1001 Systems in Biological Science (3 hours)
  • BIO1011 Systems in Biological Science Lab (1 hours)
  • ENG1011 Basic English Grammar, Usage & Intro to Composition I (3 hours)
  • HIS1011 History of Western Civilization (3 hours)
  • MAT1101 College Algebra (3 hours)
  • MAT2011 Concepts of Mathematics I (3 hours)
  • PSY2001 General Psychology (3 hours)
  • BIB1100 Introduction to Biblical Studies (3 hours)
  • SPE1000 Fundamentals of Speech (3 hours) **
  • ENG1022 Basic English Grammar, Usage & Composition II (3 hours)
  • HIS1022 History of Western Civilization (3 hours)
  • MAT2022 Concepts of Mathematics II (3 hours)
  • MUS1002 Introduction to Music and Appreciation (3 hours)

*Classes are subject to change

**Pre-requisitie: a score of 18 or above on the English section of the ACT Examination, or successful completion of ENG 1011, Basic English Grammar, Usage & Intro to Composition, with at least a grade of C, a TOEFL score as indicated in the current catalog or appropriate college transfer credit.