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College Credit Now: Opportunities for High School Students

Dual Enrollment : What is it?

The University System of Georgia recognizes the need to provide academically talented high school students with opportunities for acceleration of their formal academic programs. This recognition has led to the development of two organized programs: (1) a joint enrollment program in which the student, while continuing his/her enrollment in high school as a junior or senior, enrolls in courses for college credit; and (2) an early admission program in which the student enrolls as a full-time college student following completion of the junior year in high school. To participate in either program a student must be enrolled in public or private secondary high school which is accredited by one of the following:  

Homeschooled students may be considered for dual enrollment if they are enrolled in Nontraditional Educational Centers that are recognized by GAPSAC or by state departments of education. Students attending non-accredited home school programs or non-accredited high schools may also be eligible to participate in early entrance opportunities if they meet all general admission requirements for dual enrollment and have both validated their on-track Required High School Curriculum (RHSC) units using our Home School Curriculum Evaluation Form and submitted a current copy of their Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with a local Board of Education.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of West Georgia has specific identification terms for juniors and seniors who are joint enrolled. A joint enrolled high school junior is classified as a Gifted Junior and a senior joint enrolled student is classified as a Senior Enrichment Student.


Accel Program :  Paying for Dual Enrollment or Early Admission

Students who are interested in dual enrollment or early admission may be eligible for funding under Accel.  The Accel Program is for students classified as high school juniors and seniors at accredited public or private high schools and homeschool programs in the state of Georgia and is operated in all school terms except summer. The program pays for up to 100% tuition . Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the student, including tuition and other expenses for non-core courses, if any are taken. Courses pursued by students under this program must come from the approved course directory available at the Georgia Student Finance Commission website. Courses are available only in the areas of the core graduation requirements for college preparatory students: English; Mathematics; Social Studies; Science; Foreign Language.  Additional requirements or restrictions for participating in this program may be imposed by the high school. All Accel recipients must complete the Accel application available through the Georgia Student Finance Commission website above.

Some General Considerations Regarding Accel Program:

A Dual Enrolled applicant needs to submit the following items to be considered for admission to the University:

All immunization documentation must be recorded and submitted on a UWG Certificate of Immunization Form prior to registration

Application deadlines

UWG Application Deadlines.

A Dual Enrolled applicant must meet the following admission criteria:

SAT Critical Reading score of 530
SAT Math score of 530
ACT English score of 23
ACT Math score of 22
GPA in college prep courses of 3.0 or higher

SAT Critical Reading score of 580
SAT Math score of 530
ACT English score of 25
ACT Math score of 22
GPA in college prep courses of 3.5 or higher


Move on When Ready

HB 149, “The Move on When Ready Act,” permits 11th and 12th grade students to leave their assigned high schools and attend postsecondary institutions full-time (min. 12 hrs) to earn course credit that will apply towards high school graduation and college. The “Move on When Ready Act” is intended as another option (not a replacement) for 11th and 12th graders, in addition to other regular dual/joint enrollment programs such as Gifted Juniors, Senior Enrichment, and Early Admission. MOWR is only available to students entering the 11th or 12th grade and who have spent the prior year (2 consecutive semesters) in attendance at a Georgia public high school. Move on When Ready is different from any other early-entrance program in that tuition and mandatory fees are provided through the high school full-time equivalent (FTE) program count. Students interested in Move on When Ready program must apply and be accepted to UWG's Advanced Academy in order to be eligible.

For information regarding the Advanced Academy:

For additional information regarding MOWR at UWG: