Early College & Dual Enrollment Programs Content
Early College & Dual Enrollment
For students who want to go on to post-secondary education, early college enrollment programs offer an advantage in getting through college and also may save on college costs in the process.
The term “dual enrollment" refers to an arrangement where students are enrolled in courses at the high school that allow them to earn both high school and college credits. Students can also choose to take college courses on the actual college campus (see below for additional information about this option). These programs are often called “early college” or “early enrollment.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who complete college credits while in high school require less remediation, have higher grade point averages (GPA), and earn more credits in college.
The "Delaware Schools Early College Credit Chart" on the right provides additional, general information about the various types of early college credit opportunities. *SHS does not have an IB Program.
Smyrna High School offers several "dual enrollment" courses - students can earn both high school and college credits:
Dual Enrollment Courses at Smyrna High School
(2023-2024 School Year)
Delaware State University - Composition 101 and 102
Wilmington University – Finite Math
Wilmington University – Introductory Survey of Mathematics
Delaware Tech. Community College – Anatomy & Physiology I
(Offered through the Allied Health Pathway)
University of Delaware Early College Credit Program:
University of Delaware – Changing the World & Public Policy
University of Delaware – Food for Thought
University of Delaware – Geological Hazards & Their Human Impact
University of Delaware – Introduction to Women’s Studies
University of Delaware – Media/Design/Culture
University of Delaware – Media & Society
University of Delaware – Studies in Popular Fiction: Horror/Sci-fi/Crime
Wilmington University - Creating Environments for Learning
Wilmington University – Learner Development & Early Literacy
(Offered through the K-12 Teacher Academy Pathway)
Wilmington University – Families as Partners in Education
Wilmington University – Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children
(Offered through the Early Childhood Education Teacher Academy Pathway)
Wilmington University - Principles of Management
Wilmington University - Marketing
(Offered through the Business Pathways)
Several colleges and universities in Delaware offer the opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses for FREE or at a reduced cost.
Below is information about early enrollment opportunities at colleges/universities in Delaware:
Wilmington University: Early College Programs
Delaware State University: Early Bird Program
Delaware Technical Community College: Dual/Early College Enrollment
University of Delaware: Pre-College Programs
For more information about dual/early enrollment options, please speak with your school counselor.