Dual enrollment offers great advantages | Cumberland University

Dual enrollment offers great advantages


Cumberland University offers a dual enrollment program for exceptional high school juniors and seniors in the Wilson County system so they can earn college credit while still in school.

Students accepted into the program are able to take college-level coursework at their high school in most instances. They may earn up to 24 credit hours in general education classes (100 and 200 level) for which they have met the prerequisites. The dual enrollment program also allows students to take the college-level courses at a lower tuition rate.

“If you’re a high school junior or senior who has the ability and the maturity to take college courses, the time and money you can save through our dual enrollment program is significant,” said Eddie Lovin, executive director of enrollment services.

The admission requirements include an unweighted high school grade point average of 3.0 as well as completing the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation’s dual enrollment grant application. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for this grant.

Recently, CU’s dual enrollment program was featured in the Jan./Feb. issue of East of the City magazine. Summer Vertrees, an English instructor at CU who also teaches at Wilson Central High School, wrote an introduction to an article penned by one of her dual-enrolled students, Michael Davies.

“Even though these students are not yet high school graduates, they are expected to excel to the standards of Cumberland University. The stakes are high, and the content is not altered. Students perform as academics with the end goal of earning concurrent credits for high school and college,” Vertrees writes on page 24 of the magazine.

For more information on CU’s dual enrollment program, visit www.cumberland.edu/admissions/dual-enrollment.