Dual enrollment programs allow high school students in their junior and senior year to take college courses and earn college credits while in high school. Sometimes these courses are taught at the student’s high school, other times students travel to the college campus for class.
Dual enrollment is increasingly popular among high school students. The U.S. Department of Education reported that during the 2002-2003 school year (the most recent year that data is available), 71 percent of high schools and 51 percent of postsecondary institutions allowed high school students to take college courses. That translates to 813,000 high school students taking at least one college-credit course during that school year.