Aiken Early College

Early Start: Dual Enrollment

Early Start: Dual Enrollment is Aiken Technical College’s dual enrollment program. It is designed to allow qualified and highly motivated Aiken County, private or home-schooled high school students the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school by taking either general studies classes, or enrolling in the Pre-Engineering or General Education Pathway. Students can earn both high school and college credit (dual credit) or just college credit (concurrent).
Dual Enrollment students can enroll in many general education courses that are required for, and transfer to, many majors at many four-year colleges and universities. In addition, these transferable courses at ATC cost much less than most other colleges and universities in the CSRA.
Dual Enrollment students are exposed to a variety of majors within their chosen field, thus giving them a head-start on finding the specialty they wish to pursue in a college major.
Dual enrollment students should have at least the minimum test scores on one or more of the following placement tests:
  • SAT Scores: 480 (verbal) plus COMPASS math
  • ACT Scores: 19 composite
  • PSAT Scores: 500 (verbal) and 500 (math) for PSAT tests administered after October 2015
Students entering the Pre-Engineering Academy program must have the minimum test scores on one or more of the following tests:
  • SAT Scores: 500 (verbal) plus COMPASS math
  • ACT Scores: 21 composite
  • PSAT Scores: 500 (verbal) and 500 (math) for PSAT tests administered after October 2015
Dual enrollment applicants who do not meet these requirements may take the free COMPASS placement test on campus at ATC, but will need to test into college-level courses in order to be accepted in the Early Start: Dual Enrollment Program.
How Do I Apply for Early Start: Dual Enrollment?
  1. Download the Early Start: Dual Enrollment Application.
  2. Meet with your high school counselor to complete the dual enrollment application. Ask your counselor to attach a copy of your transcript and acceptable test scores.
  3. Once you receive your acceptance letter into the dual enrollment program, contact the Enrollment Services Center at (803) 508-7263 to make an appointment to meet with an advisor.
Questions? Send an e-mail to: starthere@atc.edu or call (803) 508-7263.
Learn how ATC credits transfer to South Carolina four-year colleges at www.SCTRAC.org
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