Dual Enrollment Steps

Steps for Dual Enrollment

Please follow the steps below to prepare for your dual enrollment experience at the College.


Step One: Get Ready

  • Talk to your parents and your high school counselor about:

    • High school graduation requirements

    • Course selection and scheduling

    • Extracurricular commitments

    • Transportation

    • Costs (you may be obligated to pay for tuition, fees and/or books and dual enrollment students are not eligible for financial aid).

Step Two: Apply for Admission

Step Three: Submit your ACT scores or take the COMPASS

  • You must take the COMPASS or the ACT.

  • ACT Minimum Scores:

    • English – 18

    • Reading – 17

    • Math – 16 (only required if you want to take a math course or course with a math prerequisite)

    • If you do not meet the minimum ACT scores, you must take the COMPASS.

    • COMPASS Minimum Scores:

      • Writing – 74

      • Reading – 76

      • Math – 40 (only required if you want to take a math course or course with a math prerequisite)

      • There is no cost to take the COMPASS, which can be completed in the Learning and Testing Center located on the second floor of the Schoenherr Campus Center on a walk-in basis.

Step Four: Complete Online Orientation

Step Five: Course Advising

  • Meet with your high school counselor to discuss course selection.

  • You may also speak to a West Shore advisor for assistance in course selection and college academic planning. Call 231.843.5510 for an appointment.

Step Six: Register for Classes

  • Complete a Dual Enrollment Registration Request Form every semester you wish to take classes.

  • Request the form from your high school counselor or print it from the link listed below. 

  • Obtain required signatures.

  • Dual Enrollment students cannot register online.  Registration is completed by West Shore.

  • You may view your schedule online (see Step 9: Online Services for directions on how to access your schedule).

Step Seven: Attend Classes

  • Attendance is important to your success.

  • If you must withdraw from a course, speak with your high school counselor first.

  • Courses must be officially dropped with the Student Services Office at West Shore by submitting a Dual Enrollment Change of Schedule Form and a WSCC Withdrawal Form.

  • Check with your high school counselor and West Shore’s Student Services Office for implications before you stop attending or withdraw from any classes.

Step Eight: Billing

  • You will be billed for any tuition and fees not covered by your high school after the drop/add period.

  • Books are typically not covered by the high school and are purchased and paid for at the college bookstore.

Step Nine: Online Services

Note: Some courses may be used to complete high school graduation requirements. However, some universities will not accept transfer of these classes if they were used for high school credit.  Talk with your high school counselor if you need to use dual enrollment courses for high school credit.