Steps for Dual Enrollment

Step One: Meet with your school counselor to determine if Dual Enrollment is right for you

Dual enrollment courses are typically listed in the high school’s program of study that are made available prior to registration for the next academic year.  Students should discuss their interest in dual enrollment courses with their high school counselor.  Students must obtain permission from their high school to enroll in dual enrollment courses or to take a course outside of high school through RCC.

Step Two: Complete the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Online Application

(Watch here for future Step by Step DE Instructions for completing the online application for admission)

Students must complete the online application ( by the high school’s deadline.

Students who have dual enrolled in another VCCS college or plan to dual enroll in two colleges will need a separate application for each college.  Upon completing the application, students will receive a 7-digit student ID number.  Please write this down for future reference. Until the application is completed and received by the college, students are not eligible to take the RCC placement test, nor are they eligible to enroll in college classes.

Student must return the Dual Enrollment Consent Form (Parent Signature Form) before being enrolled in DE courses.

Step Three: Placement Testing

Students must take the college placement test (Virginia Placement Test (VPT)) administered at the high school, or at one of the RCC testing centers, or submit qualifying PSAT, SAT or ACT scores. The placement test is required to determine if you are eligible for the dual enrollment program. You are required to have your RCC student ID# to take the placement test.  Students must complete Step 2 order to generate their RCC student ID # prior to taking the placement test.  Check with your high school counselor regarding placement requirement into DE.

Students are strongly encouraged to review/prepare prior to taking the placement test. Below are resources to help you prepare for the VPT:

Step Four: Submit the tuition payment (if required)

The high school will collect DE tuition at the beginning of each semester. Check with the high school for the DE tuition rate and payment due date. Students who do not submit tuition by the deadline will be dropped from their DE class(es).

Step Five: Register

Registration for classes is done through your high school. The school counseling office will register students for the high school DE classes for which they have qualified, being taught at the high school location. Check with the school counselor for deadlines for submission of paperwork, testing, and tuition payment, if applicable. The high school counselor will then submit the list of high school students for registration for college credit to RCC.

Student responsibilities is to meet all of the prerequisite deadlines.

For questions regarding tuition amount and payment deadline, course content, or qualifications for taking DE classes please contact your school counseling office.

After discussing with the school counselor, students may contact the DE Department at RCC, if they still have questions.  High school students planning to complete a degree or certificate prior to high school graduation should contact Mr. Hutt Williams prior to the registration period for the next semester.

Contact information for RCC’s DE Advisor:
804-333-6744 or cell 804-445-5068

Admission Criteria

All students admitted under this section must demonstrate readiness for college:

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