Dual Enrollment at Columbia College

Earn college credit for Columbia College by taking classes while you're still in high school.

High School Dual Enrollment (HDE) allows you to enroll in Columbia College classes and start earning college credit. This academic credit can be applied toward a college degree.

Completing a HDE class has several benefits, allowing you to:


Graduate from college faster

HDE classes allow you to earn college credit before you start college. This can help you fulfill your degree requirements sooner and graduate from college faster.

Save money

HDE classes at Columbia College are $75 per credit hour, saving you hundreds of dollars on each class. Please note that federal financial aid is not available for dual enrollment students.

Transfer credits to college

In addition to transferring your HDE credit to Columbia College, you may be able to transfer it to other schools. Columbia College is regionally accredited, meaning many institutions will accept the credit. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of a receiving institution and can't be guaranteed.

Fit HDE classes around your high school schedule

You can take dual enrollment classes online, anytime, anywhere, or in the evening at any of our locations across the country. These classes start six times each year and last for eight weeks. HDE students can also take daytime classes on our traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri on a 16-week semester basis.

Go beyond high school

HDE allows you to continue studying a specific topic if you've already taken the courses your high school offers. 

You’ll  be able to use the Columbia College library (online and at our main campus in Columbia, Missouri). HDE students also get free access to all home Cougar athletic events in Columbia.

Admission requirements

Students currently enrolled in high school who wish to earn credit at Columbia College must be one of the following:

  • A 9th grader who has a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher and an ACT/SAT score at the 90th percentile;
  • A 10th grader who has a cumulative high school GPA of a 3.0 or higher; OR
  • A 11th or 12th grader who has a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Apply as a Dual Enrollment student

  1. Apply

    Complete the application form. Be sure to select “non-degree/HS dual enrollment” on the student status field.

  2. Get permission

    Download the permission form ;and arrange for it to be signed by the appropriate people.

  3. Send transcripts

    Send your high school transcript to:

    Columbia College
    1001 Rogers St.,
    Columbia, MO 65216

    or by email to EvalTrans@CCIS.edu.


Take the next step

Submit your application to start the admissions process. Applying is easy.

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