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Dual Credit/Early Admission (Concurrent Enrollment) Programs



Dual Credit Students should refer to the Tuition and Fees page to determine costs of a course.   

NOTICE:  Dual Credit Students who reside within the Wharton County Junior College Taxing District and are considered "in-district" students will have their tuition charges waived. These Dual Credit Students will only be charged the "fees" associated with their dual credit course enrollment. In-district Dual Credit Students should go to the Tuition and Fee page to determine costs of a course.   

What is Dual Credit?

Dual Credit is a form of enrollment that allows a  high school student to take certain courses at Wharton County Junior College and earn both college and high school credit.  Dual Credit courses (and the grades that students earn in those courses) become a permanent  part of their college and high school transcripts.

What is Early Admission/Concurrent?

Early Admission/Concurrent enrollment allows a high school student to take certain courses at Wharton County Junior College and earn college credit but not high school credit. The Early Admission/Concurrent courses (and the grades that students earn in those courses) become a permanent part of their college transcripts. 

Who is Eligible? 

Public, private, or home-schooled students may attend Wharton County Junior College dual credit and early admission/concurrent classes. 
Students are not limited to specific number of credit hours that they can enroll in for Dual Credit or Early Admission/Concurrent course work. The student's high school may have limits on the number of credits that can be applied to the student's  high school graduation plan.
Steps to Follow:
  1. Submit an electronic application through ApplyTexas Follow the instructions to create a profile, and then completely submit the online application.  Select General Studies for your degree program (if you are taking a technical class, please see your high school counselor to determine the appropriate program to select).  Please allow up to 72 hours processing time. Students will be notified by mail once their application has been processed with information on how to proceed.  Please do not fill out an application every semester, unless pertinent information such as residency changes.  
  2. Turn in a current, official high school transcript.  A transcript is required to document the student's enrollment.  In order to process transcripts more efficiently, the Office of Admissions and Registration prefers to receive official high school transcripts electronically. However, transcripts can be mailed to Wharton County Junior College, 911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488, or hand delivered to any WCJC campus in a sealed envelope from the high school.  Opened envelopes or unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.  Private School students must submit an official record of academic work, with the signature of the principal/head master/head of instruction's signature. Home-schooled students must submit a notarized record of their academic work with a parent/legal guardian's signature. 
  3. Turn in official exemption scores (as listed below), or contact the Testing Center to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment. Note: SAT, ACT, and STAAR scores used to support an exemption must be within 5 years. Exemptions for dual credit classes include:
    • A Level 2 final recommended score as defined by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), on the English II STAAR End of Course (EOC)  (reading and writing) and/or student achieves a Level 2 final recommended score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra I STAAR  and a passing grade in a high school Algebra II course (mathematics)                                                         
    • A Level 2 final recommend score, as defined by TEA, on the Algebra II STAAR EOC (mathematics)
    • An SAT minimum score of 480 on the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) test (exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment) and/or a minimum of 530 on the mathematics test (exempt for mathematics section of TSI Assessment) on an SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016.
    • An SAT combined total score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 in on the critical reading (verbal) (exempt for both reading and writing sections of the TSI Assessment) and/or a minimum of 500 on the mathematics test (exempt for mathematics section of TSI Assessment) on an SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016. No mixing or combining scores from SAT administered prior to March 5, 2016 and the SAT administered on or after March 5, 2016.
    • ACT composite score of 23 with at least 19 on the Math and 19 on the English scores.
    • A composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a minimum of 19 or higher in English and/or a minimum score of 19 or higher in mathematics.
    • An English score of 435 and/or a mathematics score of 431 on the ACT-Aspire.
    • A minimum TSIA test score of 351 on the reading section, combined with a writing placement score of at least 340 and an essay score of 4, or a writing placement score of less than 340 with an essay score of at least 5 and an ABE Diagnostic level of at least 4, and/or a minimum score of 350 on the math section.

4.   Complete a Certificate for Early Admission formThis form can also be requested from the high school counselor’s office (public schools and some private schools). Signatures from the student, parent/legal guardian and principal/head master/head of instruction are required. Turn this completed form in to the Admissions Office. 

5.  Submit bacterial meningitis documentation.  You are required to provide either proof of the immunization or a waiver declining the shot along with the WCJC record form.

6. Set up your MyWCJC student portal to register and pay for classes. Your WCJC username and password will be sent to you in the mail once you complete the steps listed above.  You can also learn how to log in by clicking the "MyWCJC" link at the top right corner of the WCJC website and following the "First Time Users" instructions. In addition to registering and paying for classes, the portal allows students to access Blackboard (the college's platform for online courses and resources), read their WCJC student email, view their grades, and request  official transcripts.

8.  Contact your high school counselor if you need assistance locating the course number (CRN) for the college class for which you are approved to register.  Registration for fall classes begins in late June, and registration for spring classes begins in November.  You must be admitted, register, and pay by the first day of class in order to be enrolled in a dual credit class.

Additional Information:

  • All online, internet based classes are “pooled” with other high schools, and a specific number of seats are allocated to each school. Enrollment in any dual credit class taught by a WCJC instructor are on a “first come, first serve” basis. Students who register and pay first will be enrolled in the class. When the class reaches its maximum number of students, the class will be closed. 
  • An eligible student who enrolls in a dual credit course requiring TSI readiness in Reading, Writing, or Mathematics under STAAR EOC Algebra, STAAR EOC English II, PLAN, or ACT-Aspire  exemptions and who does not earn a "C" or higher in the course must demonstrate TSI readiness to enroll in additional dual credit courses. This may require additional testing on a separate testing instrument.
  • Students who complete WCJC dual credit classes and plan to transfer to other institutes of higher education after high school should submit a request for a final WCJC transcript to be sent to their prospective institution. 

Registration Dates and Financial Information:

View the academic calendar for the appropriate semester for registration dates. Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration each semester. Tuition and fees are charged according to the number of semester credit hours (SCH) for which a student is enrolled. Current tuition and general fees can be found here. Students are not eligible for state or financial aid while enrolled in high school; however, since the grades are recorded on the student's college transcript, grades earned for dual credit course can impact a student's future financial aid.


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