Dual Enrollment is one of those novel ideas that the Board of Education will come up with to try and give the students more opportunities. Usually students will take some type of core class, like English or history, in the surroundings of a college environment, but I think you should wait to take those classes until you’re in your actual college.
A lot of times colleges will have a series of core classes that freshmen usually take to make sure they have a basic understanding of general topics.
Since many times it’s freshman taking these classes, they can start to make friends in a diverse class and meet more of the undergraduates that aren’t just in their major.
And if you go into college as undecided in your major, having a connection with many people all looking for different paths of life can help you decide.
Keeping in mind that about 75% of all students that attend college change their major at some point during their higher education, it would benefit them to have a broader network of people in many different fields to help them find a major that would suit them the best.
It also gives students the opportunity to find roommates for the next year that won’t be studying the same thing, so they can be exposed to another group of friends they might not have met otherwise.
Then, there’s the whole issue of if they can fit Dual Enrollment into their current schedule. You have to keep track of two different school system grades and announcement techniques, making it easier for you to miss something.
Even if scheduling isn’t an issue, you need to be selective about where you are going to dual enroll and what college you are going to after high school. While many schools will accept the credit hours you’ve earned, without some research you could find out that your dream school doesn’t accept those credits which does not help you at all.
Plus, if you’re going to a very competitive college, it might benefit to take a more rigorous AP course instead of an easier course at a community college.
And to take a Dual Enrollment class, you have to take off at least two class periods to allow for travel time which means high-achieving people going to a competitive school will have less diversity of courses on their transcript.
I would so much rather keep plugging away at high school for now and get all the college experiences I can get when I’m there.