Dual Enrollment

The Dual Enrollment program allows students access to college courses while completing their high school diploma and prepares them for college or a career.


  • Students who take advantage of dual enrollment programs are more likely to attend and complete college immediately following high school.
  • Dual Enrollment prepares students for college by exposing them to college-level and trade certification courses and by assisting them in the transition from high school to college.
  • Dual Enrollment creates the potential for students to earn transferable college credits; the road to a degree or certificate becomes shorter, saving both time and money.
  • Dual Enrollment gives students early exposure to programs of study and helps them choose a career path sooner.
  • Dual Enrollment increases the probability of students earning a degree and/or a technical certificate, as shown by studies of students who participated in similar programs.


The Dual Enrollment program at Harford Community College is open to high school students who meet high school eligibility requirements and/or college prerequisites. Students do not have to attend a Harford County Public School to participate. Many students who take advantage of this program are home-based learning (homeschool) students or those who attend private schools.

Choosing the best option for a student’s academic path is important and should be discussed with a school counselor and/or parents.

Please note: Students under 16 years of age have unique requirements for enrollment to the College. Contact the Assistant Director for Admissions at 443-412-2311 for more information.

Options for enrolling in the Dual Enrollment Program

Private School or Homeschooled Students

College and High School Credit
College and High School Credit provides credit for both high school graduation as well as college credit. When the course is required for high school graduation, the student will not be eligible for high school graduation until the required credit is earned. The grade will be reflected on the high school and college transcript.

College-Only Credit
Students choose to enroll in college courses for college credit only and these courses and grades become part of the student’s permanent college transcript.

Harford County Public School Students

Students interested in earning college credit while still in high school have multiple options. These options can be found on the Harford County Public Schools site for Student Enrollment Options.

  • College Credit Only
  • Dual Transfer of Credit
  • Full-Day Senior Waiver
  • Waiver of Senior Year

For more information about HCPS full- and part-time student enrollment options: www.hcps.org/students/enrollmentoptions/

For more information and to register for Harford Community College’s Dual Enrollment program contact Admissions: 443-412-2109 | admissions@harford.edu