Nearly 600 Clark County School District (CCSD) high school seniors graduated in May with college credit and a taste of the college experience under their belts – all at an affordable price thanks to UNLV's Dual Enrollment program.
The program allows students to complete high school and college credits simultaneously. They can enroll in either Dual Enrollment, where classes are taught by UNLV faculty on the university's campus, or Concurrent Enrollment, where classes are taught by high school teachers on high school campuses. UNLV campus-based Dual Enrollment offers a greater selection of classes, making it ideal for students looking for specific subject areas not offered at local high schools.
“It was an awesome experience getting to take Dual Enrollment classes and get college credits at the same time, to be able to get ahead before my first year,” said a graduating Silverado High School student about the program. “I would definitely recommend other students take Dual Enrollment. It was a really big help and cheaper than a regular college class.”
High school students participating in the Dual Enrollment program take UNLV classes at a discounted rate and can earn their college degree sooner than average. The program helps them develop valuable skills, including time management, communication, and critical thinking, while learning and preparing for the challenges of college.
“Our campus is deeply committed to providing more opportunities for CCSD students to earn college credit while in high school. These UNLV classes expose our students to college-level expectations and create a college-going culture,” Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Jeffrey Orgera said. “Additionally, the tuition and fees are discounted significantly and help students earn credits toward their intended degree. These CCSD graduates who have participated in UNLV’s Dual Enrollment program have momentum and a great start on their college degree plans.”
Many seniors who take dual or concurrent enrollment classes plan on continuing their education as full-time UNLV students and benefit from the familiarity they gained with the campus community and university resources. In the 2020-2021 academic year, over 30% of UNLV dual or concurrent enrollment students applied and attended UNLV in fall 2022.
“I would absolutely recommend Dual Enrollment to other students, especially for someone looking for a challenge. The most valuable thing I learned was how to be better in general. I learned a lot about time management…learning new things I have never done before improved my writing,” said another graduating Silverado High School student.