Dual Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment is a partnership between PCCC and high schools where high school students have the opportunity to earn college credits while they are still enrolled in high school. Students taking college-level courses at their high school participate in concurrent enrollment classes. Students who take courses taught by PCCC faculty participate in dual enrollment courses. Either way, students are given the chance to earn college credit before graduating high school.

Whether a student is participating in a concurrent enrollment class or dual enrollment class, they are considered a PCCC student. All PCCC students are responsible for adhering with the rules and regulations of Passaic County Community College. Students and parents must understand that enrollment in courses will generate a permanent PCCC transcript. In accordance with FERPA regulations, written permission of the student is required for the release of grades to the high school or to other colleges.

Dual Enrollment Eligibility
Students wishing to participate in dual enrollment courses are subject to the following requirements:

  • The student should be enrolled in courses in 11th or 12th grade at their high school or if home schooled provide proof of the same.
  • 12th grade students with a 3-year cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of C (70) or better in all academic English (non-ESL) classes and Math classes, will be placed at college level for English and Math.
  • 12th grade students with a 3-year cumulative GPA below 3.0 must display college level proficiency through scores on the PARCC/NJSLA, Accuplacer, SAT or ACT exam(s).
  • Students in 11th grade or earlier, must provide evidence of college level proficiency through scores on the Accuplacer, SAT or ACT exams.
  • The student must have a written recommendation from a high school counselor, teacher, or administrator regarding academic standing.
  • The student must have parental consent to enroll in the course.
  • Students who wish to enroll in upper level math courses, like Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1, will need to place into these courses with different SAT/ACT or Accuplacer scores, or place in through a challenge exam, at the discretion of the Mathematics Department Chair.
  • The student may provide evidence of any of the following:
  Cutoff Scores Valid for:
High School GPA 3.0 (83) 3 years
ACT - Math 22 5 years
ACT -Reading 22 5 years
ACT - Writing 18 5 years
SAT - Math 500 5 years
SAT - Evidence Based Reading and Writing 450 5 years

If a student is NOT in grade 11 or 12, and wishes to take advantage of a dual enrollment course, the following criteria would be required:

  • High School Transcript
  • Recommendation from a high school administrator
  • Letter from parent/guardian supporting student
  • Formal request in writing by the student explaining the purpose of the request and the appropriateness of taking the course
  • Interview with a College official to assess appropriate maturity level
  • Evidence of college level proficiency in English and/or Math using scores from the Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT.  

Promoting access for all, several courses do NOT require a student to provide college-level proficiency in English or Math. Please contact the Coordinator of Dual Enrollment to see if the course you wish to take requires a standardized test score.

The Coordinator of Dual Enrollment, John P. Lopez,  can be reached at 973-684-5212 by phone or by email at jlopez@pccc.edu