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University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program

The University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program is a cooperative effort between local high schools, home-schools, and Northeast State Community College. This program provides qualified high school students an opportunity to earn college credit by enrolling in college classes while still in high school. Students may earn up to 12 hours of transferable college credit each semester and satisfy specific courses required for high school graduation through the University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program. The curriculum is specifically designed to fulfill the individual course requirements of high schools participating in the program. As a result, individual program offerings may vary by high school or school system. Questions regarding a particular program offering may be directed to the high school counselor or Northeast State's Director of University Parallel Dual Enrollment. High school students in dual enrollment programs are afforded the same educational and  support services as all other students.


  • Students can earn collegiate-level instruction while they are attending high school.
  • Students are intellectually and academically challenged, enhancing leadership and social development.
  • Students can earn transferable college credits(s) resulting in financial savings for the parents.
  • Students receive full library privileges and access to college activities.

Program Entrance Requirements

  • Students must be currently enrolled in high school.
  • Students must submit a Northeast State application for admission and provide a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.
  • Students enrolling in general education courses (English composition, history, psychology, etc.) or in courses requiring English or reading as prerequisites must have an ACT sub-score of 18 in English and 19 in reading. Students enrolling in selected math course(s) or courses requiring math as a prerequisite must have a minimum ACT sub-score of 19. Students completing the SAT must have an SAT composite score of 920 with minimum scores of 460 in math and 460 verbal.
  • Students who have not taken the ACT, SAT, or whose scores do not meet the required minimum schedule an ACCUPLACER exam here .
  • Courses must be chosen by the student in consultation with the high school counselor or principal (unless home-schooled) and the University Parallel Dual Enrollment administrators.
  • Students requesting to enroll in more than 12 semester credit hours in a given semester must have prior approval from the Assistant Vice President of Multi-Campus Programs.
  • Exceptions to the above criteria must be approved by the high school principal (unless home-schooled) and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Students in this program will complete all Northeast State admission requirements and program entrance requirements (with the exception of the high school diploma) as outlined below and prior to meeting with the Office of University Parallel Dual Enrollment for advisement in order to enroll in college classes.
 Schedule a mandatory advisement meeting. Please choose the Appointment for Advising group, then choose an advisor. Please follow the instructions and complete the forms listed below.

University Parallel Dual Enrollment Admission's Packet

Dual Enrollment Online Application Instructions 2019-20    
Dual Enrollment Signature Page 2019-20
Dual Enrollment Consent Form 2019-20

Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant 

The program is funded by the Tennessee Lottery and administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation. It is designed to provide financial assistance to qualified high school students in pursuit of postsecondary study at an eligible Tennessee public or private institution while receiving dual high school and college credit from successfully completed courses. This program provides opportunities for these students to begin working toward a college degree, while still pursuing a high school diploma, and encourages postsecondary education and the acceleration of postsecondary attainment. The term “dual enrollment” applies to these enrollments regardless of course delivery location or course delivery method.

Grades and Transferability 

All courses employ the Northeast State grading scale.  Most institutions receiving transfer credit require that the student earn at least a "C" average on college-level work to be transferred. Although Northeast State students have successfully transferred to numerous colleges and universities, it is the responsibility of students who are not planning to attend Northeast State after high school to contact the colleges of their choice to ensure transferability of coursework. All grades earned will become a permanent part of the student's academic record at Northeast State.

The University Parallel Dual Enrollment staff is located at Northeast State at Blountville in the Faculty Building. 
Shelby McKenzie, Director                            
Faculty Building, Room F103

Jacqueline Rasnic, Coordinator
Faculty Building, Room F202

Multi-Campus Programs