College is about so much more than a degree. It’s a time when students learn about themselves and discover their passions. Accelerating that process could cause your student to miss out on valuable college experiences that most students have in their first year.
For instance, if your student enters college with all of their prerequisite courses completed, they are less likely to have classes with similar-aged peers, which could impact their community connections. Additionally, they could miss out on relationship-building opportunities with professors who can potentially serve as mentors during college and beyond.
So, although dual enrollment courses can accelerate your student through college, they can result in the absence of important social opportunities and stepping stones that are useful for later in life.
Each student’s experience will be different with dual enrollment. And with 34% of students opting to take courses for college credit while in high school, there are certainly ways to make it work best for your family no matter what option you choose.
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