Concurrent Enrollment is a cooperative program between public and higher education in the State of Utah. It is designed to help high school students who are planning to attend a postsecondary educational institution. Students in this program are eligible to earn high school credits, as well as credits which can be applied toward a college degree. Students completing courses offered as part of this program can receive credit at Utah State University or at another institution in the state, as well as at many out-of-state institutions.
These courses are the same courses as offered on the campus of Utah State University. Although courses are usually limited to 1000-level courses, 2000-level courses may occasionally be offered. Textbooks, testing, attendance, grading, and assignments are equivalent to that used in courses taught at USU, and are approved by each department. Some USU faculty members, as well as departmental-approved part-time faculty, teach in this program. At USU, concurrent enrollment is administered by Regional Campuses and Distance Education (RCDE).
USU delivers concurrent education in a variety of ways. Although USU often uses its own faculty members to teach concurrent enrollment classes, departmental-approved high school faculty members may be used to teach courses at local high schools. Classes are also offered to a wider audience through the Utah Education Network system, through interactive video conferencing, and through online or internet courses.
In order to become eligible for enrollment in concurrent education courses offered through USU, students should first meet with their high school counselors. Generally, students should be juniors or seniors in high school, and should be in good academic standing. School districts and high school administration have the right to determine eligibility criteria to participate. Generally, junior and senior students with a 3.0 GPA are eligible. Concurrent enrollment begins a student’s college experience and creates a permanent college transcript. USU drop/add procedures differ from high school requirements and must be adhered to closely. Failure to do so may negatively impact a student’s permanent college transcript and academic standing. Students should review college GPA requirements and policies thoroughly regarding academic suspension and probation. Because concurrent enrollment courses are academically rigorous, students should ensure they are ready to commit to meeting University standards.
Concurrent Enrollment and Academic Standing
Students who are taking courses through USU concurrent enrollment will not have academic standing noted on their transcripts until they have attempted 9 or more credits.