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ACCELERATE - Dual Enrollment for High School Students

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ACCELERATE Your College Career Today!

Kick off your college career with this customized dual enrollment program that allows you to do your schoolwork once and get credit twice. TROY's ACCELERATE students enjoy the advantages of earning college credit while still in high school. Courses can be completed online or on a Troy Campus, so this program is flexible enough to fit into any busy schedule and offers a multitude of benefits for schools, students and families. What are you waiting for?

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“As a Troy native, I have grown up in the atmosphere of IJͼ. 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

Dual Credit

The ACCELERATE program is set apart from other dual enrollment opportunities. We take pride in our extensive course list, our unique, fast-paced academic calendar, and the personal attention we provide every ACCELERATE student. 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.

How Accelerate Dual Enrollment Works

ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment is a dual enrollment program that allows students to take college courses while earning their high school diplomas. Students will receive high school credit and college credit at the same time. One great thing about ACCELERATE is that there are no extra classes to attend. Courses can be completed online, or on a TROY campus, which makes scheduling easier on your child.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the following to apply for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment: 

  • 20 ACT, 1030 SAT, or a letter of recommendation from a high school administrator (ACT, SAT, or Placement Test scores are required to take a Math or English course)
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade

*If you are an Accelerate Student and wish to take a Math or English Placement Test, please contact knpritchett@troy.edu.

DUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756.

Steps to Apply

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 in order to process your admissions application for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment.

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

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

Step 5: Admissions documents should be sent to the Program Coordinator by email at knpritchett@troy.edu.

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

Step 7: Complete the  in order to register for classes.

Start Now. Finish Early

Did you know your freshman year at IJͼ could begin during your sophomore year of high school? That’s right! You can now get twice the academic credit for your school work by enrolling in TROY’s Accelerate program, a program that allows students like you the chance to earn university credits while completing your sophomore, junior and senior years of high school.

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FAQ About ACCELERATE - DUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Learn more about ACCELERATE - DUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
What is online learning?

Taking courses online means that all courses is communicated, completed, and turned in on the Internet. Your student will interact with professors and classmates via the computer, which means assignments and tests can be completed when your student's schedule permits. You will be amazed at what your student is capable of when put in control of his or her own learning environment!

Learn more about IJͼ Online. 

What does dual enrollment mean?
Dual enrollment means that you are dually enrolled in high school and college. In most cases and the ultimate goal in dual enrollment is for a student to take college-level courses needed in high school, allowing the student to do the work once while getting twice the credit. For example, students need 11th grade English. At the college level, students need Composition and Modern English (ENG 1101). If a student enrolls in and completed ENG 1101 at IJͼ, they obtain their 11th grade English grade and their college-level needed English credit.
What are the benefits of ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment?
  • Preparation for college - Having a few college credits under their belts prior to high school graduation will give students an extra boost of confidence as they embark on their collegiate careers. The workload for ACCELERATE will give students a true representation of what will be expected of them in college. Their experiences will strengthen their time management and study skills while they are still surrounded by the safety net of home, family, and friends. Therefore, they will be more prepared for the demands of college by participating in the program. How many credits students complete before earning their high school diplomas will be up to each individual student, but it is possible to earn an associate degree by the time they finish their senior year!
  • Higher grade point averages - On average, participants in dual enrollment programs have significantly higher cumulative college GPA than their peers who do not participate in dual enrollment. 
  • Enriching courses - Thanks to TROY's many resources, ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment is able to offer challenging and exciting classes that students might not otherwise have the opportunity to take. Students will interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which is sure to broaden their worldviews and make them more well-rounded individuals. All instruction for the program will be provided by certified IJͼ faculty. 
  • Save time and money - Your student's participation in ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment will save you money later. Because some credit is earned before entering the traditional university setting, students have the opportunity to finish college more quickly, which means lower college costs in the long run. Also, ACCELERATE students are not responsible for costs such as housing, meal plans, and others associated with the conventional college setting. 
  • Continue active role in education - Because your student will be taking university courses while living at home, you can continue to be a part of your student's education. We believe it's important for you to be there to help your student adjust to the workload of online college classes.
What are important dates for ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment?
What are the eligibility requirements?
IJͼ accepts home school students, private school students from regionally accredited high schools, and public school students from regionally accredited high schools. We accept high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum score of 20 on the ACT, 1030 on the SAT, or recommendation letter from high school counselor, and a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0.
What's the difference between a dual enrollment course and an Advanced Placement (AP) course?
  •  A dual enrollment course is a college class taught by a qualified, college-level faculty member. 
  • When your student finishes an ACCELERATE course with a passing grade, he or she will not have to take the course again in college.
  • Upon successful completion of a dual enrollment course, your student will be awarded both high school and college credit. For AP classes, college credit is only awarded if your student does well on the AP exam. 
  • A high school transcript and a college transcript are separately generated 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 complete while in high school. However, at IJͼ, we often have students who receive their associate degree (60 credit hours) before graduating high school, who then continue at IJͼ to obtain their bachelor’s degree. For any student taking part in IJͼ’s dual enrollment program, it is encouraged 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.
Who benefits from dual enrollment courses?
  • The students - Studies show that students who earn college credit in high school are more likely to continue their education after graduation. 
  • Families of high school students - College credits earned during high school ease the financial burden of full-time college tuition.
Will these credits transfer to the college of the student's 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 is college-level courses and, therefore, college-level work. Like your high school classes, some classes may come with ease out of interest or foundational knowledge. One of the biggest challenges students face with dual enrollment is managing their time well. Time management skills are often mastered during your first dual enrollment course allowing for great success in your classes to follow.
Does dual enrollment count as attending college?
Individual colleges may have different perspectives of the dual enrollment student. At IJͼ, you are a college student earning college credit. However, you are not altering your Freshman status by taking part in dual enrollment classes if you have done so before your high school graduation.  Therefore, Dual Enrollment students will still be eligible for Freshman scholarships (please see /scholarships for further scholarship requirements and deadlines)
How much does the ACCELERATE Program cost? (2022-2023 Academic Year)

Tuition is $145/credit hour. There is a one-time Application fee of $30.

Book prices vary, but $100 for books for one course is a generous estimate. 

Why choose IJͼ for dual enrollment?
IJͼ is known as a leader in distance education around the world. We boast state-of-the-art technology to support ACCELERATE students. With over 120 years of experience in education, our accredited institution is capable of serving every need of your student. We are committed to education and are focused on helping your student become a success with ACCELERATE Dual Enrollment.
How do I learn more about the ACCELERATE program?

For more information contact:

KeLeigh Pritchett
Office: 1 (334) 670-3178
Cell: (334) 339-7793
accelerate@troy.edu
knpritchett@troy.edu

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 IJͼ 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 Troy 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.

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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 IJͼ offers, families can save money on college costs and even accelerate a student’s path to an associate or bachelor’s degree.

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