Dual Enrollment and Early College
at USC Sumter


Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

USC Sumter offers opportunities for eligible high school students to earn college credit while taking courses that also count toward high school graduation requirements.

At USC Sumter the term “Dual Enrollment” refers to courses offered through USC Sumter in a cooperative arrangement with a public or private high school.

Dual enrollment courses have been a feature in South Carolina high schools since 1972. The purpose of these courses is to provide an avenue through which highly talented high school youth can earn college credit while simultaneously meeting high school graduation requirements by taking courses in the high school setting that are taught by an approved USC professor.The University professor designs the course including the syllabus and all major assessments. The class meets on the regular high school schedule with adjustments when necessary.

In this arrangement, when the student successfully completes the course, USC Sumter formally posts the earned credit to the student’s college transcript, and the high school posts the earned credit to the student’s high school transcript.

If you are interested in the dual enrollment program provided through USC Sumter, please contact your school guidance counselor to discuss the possibility of participating.

Download the Fall 2016 Dual Enrollment Flyer


Dual Enrollment Forms

Dual Enrollment Application

Dual Enrollment Eligibility Form

Citizenship Verification Form

Dually Enrolled High School Student Form

Dual Enrollment Student School Form



Early College

High School students who participate in USC Sumter's Early College program come on the USC Sumter campus and take classes concurrently with college students. They receive academic credit for the course if they complete it successfully.

What's the Difference Between Dual Enrollment and Early College?

Over the last decade, opportunities for high school students to earn college credit have expanded. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and their accompanying tests give many students ways to take college-level courses from their regular teachers, usually during their senior year. In contrast, students in dual enrollment programs remain formally enrolled in high school but take college courses, taught by college faculty, in classrooms located either at their high school or on a college campus. Students enrolled in the Early College program, take courses on the actual college campus.

Benefits of both programs:


  • Decreased cost of attending college

  • Better preparation for college

  • Improved understanding of the demands of college

  • Expanded set of curricular offerings


For additional information on the either program, please feel free to contact:


Vicki Singleton
Coordinator of Educational Partnerships
Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building
200 Miller Road
Sumter, SC 29150




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