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Parent/Student Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment is an acceleration program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward high school completion and a college degree.

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Who is eligible to enroll in a Dual enrollment course?

Since the high school determines initial eligibility, you should meet with the high school guidance counselor to determine if you meet its eligibility requirements.

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What are the advantages of Dual Enrollment?

  • Earn high school and college credit at the same time
  • Be exposed to college level work, college application and registration procedures, and a higher level of academic rigor
  • Enhance the amount, level, and diversity of learning in high school
  • Reduce the time required to earn a college degree
  • Demonstrate that you have initiative and care about your future and that you are going places
  • Save you and your parents valuable tuition money

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How much will Dual Enrollment cost my family?
Your high school may have a charge, so check with your counselor. 

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How do I apply and register for Dual Enrollment courses?

  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Admissions online application legibly in ink and submit to your guidance counselor. Be sure you have your correct Social Security Number and both you and one of your parents have signed the application.
  • Take either the ACT or COMPASS test to determine readiness
  • Register at your high school for the dual enrollment courses you wish to take
  • Register for your courses by filling out an enrollment form with your high school counselor

    Your counselor will submit your test scores, official transcript, and enrollment form to the Stark State coordinator.

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What is COMPASS testing?
COMPASS tests measure your skill level in three basic areas – math, English and reading. All Stark State students take the COMPASS. Scores help determine whether or not a student needs to be put into a developmental course. Students can prepare for the COMPASS test at www.act.org/compass/sample.

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How do I know what courses are available at my high school?
You can find a list of your courses for the current semester when you click on your high school link.

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Where can I find descriptions of my courses?
Click here for instructions on how to look up class descriptions.

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Is there a limit to how many classes I can take?
Yes. The number is determined by the high school, so discuss this with your guidance counselor.

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Will my Dual Enrollment course be exactly the same course that is taught at Stark State?
The only difference between the class at the high school and the college is the number of days per week the class meets.  At the high school you will follow a normal schedule.  Most classes at the college only meet two days per week.  Otherwise you will cover the same material and take the same tests.

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What do I do about textbooks?
Textbooks for classes taught at the high school are provided by the high school and must be returned at the end of the semester. Textbooks for the classes taught on a Stark State campus are paid for by the high school, but must be obtained from the college book store in G105.  Check with the high school counselor to determine if the school wants the books returned to them or if you may keep the books.

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As a Stark State Dual Enrollment student, will I have access to the library, the bookstore, tutoring, an academic advisor, student organizations?
A Dual Enrollment student has access to all services provided to any other Stark State student. 

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Parent - why can’t I view my child’s college records?
All Stark State students are subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.  A student must sign a Consent to Release form allowing you to have access to his/her records.  Grades are sent to the high school at the end of each semester. 

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What happens if I withdraw from a dual enrollment class?
You have one week to withdraw without any penalty.  Your record is erased.  If you withdraw from a course after that week but before the final drop date, you will get a w on your transcript, but it will not affect your GPA.  If you do not withdraw until after the final drop date, you will receive an F for that course and it will affect your GPA.

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Will these credits transfer to other colleges?
Stark State College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Completed coursework is fully transferrable to other Ohio state assisted colleges and universities and most private schools. When you arrive at a college or university, you will have to choose a major. Different majors have different course requirements. Your Dual Enrollment course will apply to your major if it is a course requirement. See OTM and TAG designations.

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Do I have to attend Stark State after high school for my credits to count toward my associate’s degree?
No.

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When I’ve graduated from high school, do I have to reapply to Stark State to be admitted? 
No. You will only need to fill out a Change of Student Type form to change your status from high school to first year college and to declare your major.

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How do I request my official transcript from Stark State?
Once you have been admitted to the college, you will receive a letter with an ID card attached. You will also receive instructions on how to access your mystarkstate account on the internet. You should request your transcript through your account. You will also be able to access your schedule, grades, use the email, apply for financial aid, and so much more.

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What qualities are needed for success for Dual Enrollment at the college?
A successful Dual Enrollment student is disciplined, self-directed, academically able, and socially mature.

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