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Dual Enrollment Program/Early Start Program


Southern University at New Orleans offers a Dual Enrollment/Early Start program that allows students to earn college credits while still in high school.


Enrolling in the Southern University at New Orleans Dual Enrollment/Early Start Program gives scholars an opportunity to begin accumulating college credits while still in high school, thus providing a smoother transition to college after high school graduation. 

Purpose: To ensure quality and transferability of dual enrollment courses. Dual Enrollment is the enrollment of a high school (HS) student in a college course for which dual credit (both college and HS credit) is attempted and recorded on both the student’s secondary and postsecondary academic record. A college course offered for Dual Enrollment is: (1) an on-site or online college course taught by the postsecondary institution, or (2) a specially scheduled college course taught at the high school. Postsecondary institutions must adhere to BoR Policy and must comply with all accreditation requirements for awarding credit. *LA BoR AA Policy 2.22


Steps to Enrollment

  • Complete Dual Enrollment Application 

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  • Submit High School Transcript and Standardized Test scores
  • Sign Student/Parent Consent Form
  • Enroll in Courses* 

*Details will be given to each school in the form of a Dual Enrollment Handbook.


Frequently Asked Questions



What courses are available through Dual Enrollment/Early Start?

Enrichment and developmental courses are offered for 10th through12th-grade students who are on track to complete the Louisiana Core 4 Curriculum. All other course offerings are subject to student demand and the individual discretion of participating high schools. Please see your school’s Early Start coordinator for more information.



What does Early Start cost?

Southern University at New Orleans Dual Enrollment/Early Start program is offered at $50 per course to eligible students.



How many credits can I earn?

A dual-enrolled student may earn up to 6 credit hours per semester beginning in their sophomore year of high-school. Upon entering the junior year of high school, dual-enrolled students may earn up to 9 credit hours per semester. Remaining consistent with the program, a student participating in the program will have an opportunity to earn as minimum of 24 hours of university-level credits prior to formal admission to a university.

How do I get started?

Interested students should contact their high school counselor for information regarding the process for admission to the Early Start(Dual Enrollment) Program at Southern University at New Orleans.

Counselors review student records to determine eligibility. Eligibility requirements are set to all high schools on track for completing LA Core 4 Curriculum within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area, Jefferson Parish, and surrounding areas.

Once a student has been deemed eligible for participation by a counselor or their designee, he or she will be provided official documents that must be signed by a parent or legal guardian indicating approval. All official documents must be submitted to high school counselors.


Requirements for Participation

General eligibility requirements:
  • Fifteen (14) years of age and currently enrolled in either the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
  • ACT assessment scores on file.
  • Permission by high school and parent/guardian to participate.
  • Student in good standing at enrolled high school.
  • Ability to receive dual credit for high school & college.


College-level course eligibility:
  • On track for completing LA Core 4 Curriculum
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Minimum ACT Composite score of 20 or SAT equivalent.
  • Subscore of at least 18 in English.
  • Subscore of at least 19 in Mathematics.
Enrichment/Developmental course eligibility:
  • 12th-grade student.
  • On track for completing LA Core 4 Curriculum
  • Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Minimum ACT Composite score of 15 or SAT equivalent.