The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

District of Columbia Dual Enrollment Consortium Program


The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is committed to providing high-quality dual enrollment opportunities for students in both public and public charter schools in the District of Columbia. Dual enrollment allows high school students to experience the academic rigor of college courses, and understand what is required for success in college. High school students participating in the District of Columbia Dual Enrollment Program enroll in approved college courses at post secondary institutions, and may earn college and/or high school credit.

Bay Atlantic University is one of the approved universities in Washington D.C. to partner up with OSSE for dual enrollment program.


As DC’s state education agency, OSSE works urgently and purposely, in partnership with education and related systems, to sustain, accelerate, and deepen progress for DC students. The DC Dual Enrollment Program aligns with that mission and offers meaningful and challenging academic experiences to all qualified students. Local education agencies (LEAs) have noted a need for more dual enrollment offerings for high school students in the District. Based on that feedback, OSSE is playing a stronger leadership role in identifying dual enrollment opportunities, coordinating priorities and access around advanced coursework for high school students, and serving as a facilitator for strong partnerships between LEAs and institutions of higher education (IHEs). Member LEA and school staff are responsible for supporting students in completing the program application process. OSSE serves as the intermediary to manage the online application system and the exchange of information. IHEs make all enrollment decisions.

What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment programs enable students who have not yet received a high school diploma or secondary credential to enroll in approved college courses, taken either on a high school or college campus, that may result in one of the following:

(1) Postsecondary credit only for coursework;

(2) Secondary and postsecondary credit for coursework; or

(3) Completion of an associate degree.

What is the DC Dual Enrollment Program?

The DC Dual Enrollment Program is a partnership facilitated by OSSE that is designed to provide all students attending public and public charter schools equal access to the various dual enrollment programs available locally. OSSE works with colleges to identify their enrollment requirements and LEAs to identify interested, eligible students. OSSE also manages local funding to offset the cost of dual enrollment for eligible students.

Who is eligible for the DC Dual Enrollment Program?

Across all IHEs at a minimum, sophomores with a 3.3 grade point average (GPA) or higher; juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or higher; and GED students who earned a 145 or higher on two GED Ready tests, one of which is English language arts.

Where can I find the application?

To begin your application click here or ask your school counselor.

What documents do I need to upload in order to apply for the DC Dual Enrollment Program?

  1. A copy of your transcript (representing coursework from ninth grade forward)

2. A copy of one of the following:

• GED Ready,

• SAT, OR• ACT scores;

3. Personal statement/essay;

4. Letter of recommendation from high school teacher;

5. Counselor or Principal Recommendation Form; and

6. Signed Release of Information Form.

May I participate more than once?

Students must apply annually to the DC Dual Enrollment Program. The application will reopen in the upcoming semester if seats are available.

How many classes can I take?

Students may take one class per semester through the DC Dual Enrollment Program.

How much will the program cost?

There is no cost to students or parents if selected for the DC Dual Enrollment Program.

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