Director, Big Sky Pathways and Dual Enrollment
Are You Ready For Dual Enrollment?
- You must be enrolled in a Montana high school district. Home-schooled students may enroll in dual enrollment classes via the district in which they reside.
- You must be between the ages of 16 – 19.
- You have successfully completed the required high school classes at that grade level and be on track for high school graduation within a four-year construct
- You have approval signatures of a parent/guardian, high school official, and designated college official if you are under the age of 18 years old.
Dual Enrollment Students must exhibit the following characteristics:
- Adhering to Deadlines
- Time Management Skills
College Rigor and Responsibility
As a dual enrollment student, you have one foot in high school and one foot in college. You will find that dual enrollment courses go at a faster pace, contain more depth of content, and may contain mature subject matter. Dual enrollment courses are college courses; they deliver demanding course work to introduce new ideas and challenge students.
There is much more to being a college student than just academics. You will be expected to learn how to fill out forms, follow procedures for registration and payment, understand university policies and how they apply to you, and abide by strict university deadlines. The university expects you to be responsible for taking care of your personal and academic business- -not your parent, guardian, or school advocate.
It is also important to understand that you are beginning a record of academic history through your college transcript, which will follow you wherever you go in the postsecondary environment. It is up to you to define whether it will be an asset or a detriment.
NOTE: Poor academic history can adversely affect the following:
- Your ability to gain admissions into post-secondary institutions
- Your ability to be awarded financial aid and/or scholarships
- Acceptance into the degree program of your choice
- Eligibility for participation in athletics and campus activities
Dual Credit Students
Check with your high school counselor to see if your school has a dual enrollment agreement with Missoula College UM. For more information, contact the Admissions office of Missoula College at (406) 243-7882.
College Credit Students
Depends on availability and prerequisite requirements. Special instructor approval is required to register for some courses. Students should meet with their high school guidance counselor to discuss courses that make sense for their long-term goals.