Dual Enrollment

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Dual enrollment allows you to take classes at CSM for college credit while satisfying your high school graduation requirements.

Dual Enrollment students can earn college credit while they are still in high school.  Students can attend courses at a CSM campus or at their local high school.  

There is no cost to the (public school) student for courses approved by the public school system in the student’s county of residence, during the fall and spring semesters.  There is a 25% tuition discount for courses taken during the summer and winter terms. 

Students who register for a course that is not on the approved list are responsible for the tuition and fees and receive a 25% tuition discount. 

Homeschool students are eligible to receive a 25% discount on tuition if they report to the Board of Education or an MSDE-approved umbrella organization. Private school students and out-of-county students will be granted a 25% tuition waiver while in the program.

Students who participate have full access to all college services including clubs, free tutoring, learning support workshops, library resources, and workout rooms.

After completing high school, students can either use the credits earned through Dual Enrollment towards the completion of a program of study at CSM, or submit their CSM transcript to other colleges and universities for evaluation and possible transfer. Helpful information about the transfer process can be found here

Important Updates Regarding Coverage of Dual Enrollment Costs

  •  Starting with the Fall 2024 semester, local public school systems (Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's) will only be covering the costs of up to four county-approved dual courses per year. Students would be responsible for the costs of any additional courses taken during the school year.
  • Local county school systems will not cover the costs of any repeat courses, summer courses, or winter courses, regardless of whether the course is county-approved or not.
  • St. Mary's County Public Schools will only cover costs for students who meet the College and Career Readiness (CCR) criteria or participate in the Free and Reduced Meals (FARM) program

Steps to Enroll

This Dual Enrollment option is available exclusively to high school juniors and seniors. High school freshmen and sophomores may instead be considered for admission through CSM's Gifted and Talented Program. We encourage you to apply several weeks prior to the enrollment deadline so you have plenty of time to complete all steps and to allow for processing.

1. Apply

Apply Online

When selecting your application type, be sure to choose the Dual Enrollment application. 

2. Complete the Dual Enrollment Form

Speak with your high school counselor about taking dual classes on the CSM campus to ensure that you are eligible to participate in the program and to review graduation requirements. Homeschool students will also use this Dual Enrollment form. Complete the appropriate form:

Please be sure to allow plenty of time for processing.

Public school students can click the link below to access a list of approved classes for your county:

3. Demonstrate College Level Placement

Option #1: High School Transcript Option #2: SAT/ACT Scores

Attach a PDF copy of your high school transcript while completing the online Dual Enrollment Form, or send a PDF copy via email to your CSM Enrollment Coordinator (see below). Students can access this record in their high school account. If using option #1, you must have a cumulative unweighted 2.75 high school GPA or higher.

*Out-of-County Students: Students in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties should contact aod@csmd.edu.

Home-schooled and private school students should contact the CSM Enrollment Coordinator in their county to discuss placement options and requirements.

If you have taken either exam, attach a PDF of your official score report while completing the online Dual Enrollment Form, or email a PDF score report of your SAT or ACT scores to your CSM Enrollment Coordinator. Students can access these reports in their College Board or ACT accounts. If using option #2, you must have a cumulative unweighted 2.5 high school GPA or higher.

  • Submit SAT Score of 530 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-0994, MTH-1010, and MTH-1015T)
  • Submit SAT Score of 570 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-1115 or MTH-1120)
  • Submit SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing Test Score of 480 or higher
  • Submit ACT Score of 21 or higher in English and Reading
  • Submit ACT Score of 21-23 in Math (for placement into MTH-0994, MTH-1010, and MTH-1015T)
  • Submit ACT Score of 24 or higher in Math (for placement into MTH-1115 or MTH-1120)

Please note that if you wish to take a higher level Math course than your SAT/ACT scores demonstrate, you should take the ALEKS math placement test.

4. Meet with an Enrollment Coordinator

After your application, dual enrollment form, and transcript have been received and processed, you will be contacted by your county's enrollment coordinator to complete registration. 

Dual Enrollment students cannot register on their own and must work with an enrollment coordinator.

If you have any questions while completing the steps to enroll, please contact your county’s enrollment coordinator:

Deadlines for Dual Enrollment on CSM Campuses

Students can apply for admission to the Dual Enrollment Program for the semester of their choosing. Students seeking admission must submit all required documentation (Steps 1 - 3 as described above) before the deadlines below:

  • July 1 for fall semester admission for St. Mary's County Public Schools
  • July 15 for fall semester admission for all other students
  • December 15 for spring semester admission
  • April 15 for summer semester admission

Dual Enrollment Resources

Public School students who have completed registration for approved courses can find instructions below for how to order their required textbooks at no cost.


Dual Enrollment classes are offered in many local high schools through exciting partnerships with the school or school district. Through these partnerships, students taking eligible classes taught in their high school can receive college credit for successful course completion if they choose to participate in the Dual Enrollment program and complete the registration process below. Students taking eligible classes are able to participate regardless of their grade level.

Because instruction for these classes takes place in the high school classroom, students will not need to come to the college campus for these classes. Examples of these dual enrollment courses are Honors Composition and Rhetoric, Pre-Calculus, and Algebra III. Students can speak to their high school counselor to determine what Dual Enrollment classes may be offered at their particular school. This opportunity is not the same as the College Board's AP program.

CSM now provides a convenient online registration process for Dual Enrollment classes taken in the high schools using DualEnroll.com.

Registration for dual credit for these eligible high school classes occurs midway through the student's academic school year. Students will have the ability to complete the following steps during that time.

1. Create a DualEnroll Account

Create a DualEnroll Account Here

Students will click the "Create My Account" button and follow the prompts to complete the creation of their account. It is important for students to use a personal, non-high school email address for this account. 

2. Complete the Admissions Application within DualEnroll

Students will be asked to confirm their account and, once confirmed, will complete an admissions application within DualEnroll.

3. Request Course Registration within DualEnroll

After completing the application, students will see a list of CSM courses equivalent to the dual courses offered at their high school. Students will find the course and locate the course that matches what they are currently enrolled in at the high school, and click "Register" to start the registration process.

This starts an approval process in which the students high school instructor can verify that the student meets all eligibility requirements to participate in Dual Enrollment, and no further action is required from the student. CSM will then process the course registration, and send an email confirmation to students when registration is complete.

A walk-through of the registration process can be found here. 

It is important that the student is monitoring the email address they included on their application. Please be sure to use a personal email address and not a school email address when creating a DualEnroll account.

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