Early College & Dual Enrollment Programs Content

  • For students who want to go on to post-secondary education, early college enrollment programs offer an advantage in getting through college and also may save on college costs in the process.


    The term “dual enrollment" refers to an arrangement where students are enrolled in courses that count for both high school and college credit. Students can also choose to take college courses on the actual college campus (see below for additional information about this option). These programs also are often called “early college” or “early enrollment.”


    According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who complete college credits while in high school require less remediation, have higher Grade Point Averages and earn more credits in college.


    Smyrna High School offers several "dual enrollment" courses - students can earn both high school and college credit:



    Dual Enrollment Courses at Smyrna High School (2021-2022 School Year)


    Delaware State University - Composition 101 and 102


    Wilmington University - Finite Math

    Wilmington University - Introductory Survey of Mathematics


    Wilmington University - Creating Environments for Learning

    Wilmington University - Learner Development & Early Literacy

    (offered as part of K12 Teacher Academy Pathway)


    Wilmington University - Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children

    Wilmington University - Families as Partners in Education

    (offered as part of the Early Childhood Teacher Academy Pathway)



    Delaware Technical Community College - BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology

    (offered as part of the Allied Health Pathway)



    University of Delaware Early College Program:

    Concepts of the Universe

    Food for Thought

    Geological Hazards & Their Human Impact

    Introduction to Women's Studies


    Media & Society 

    Visual Culture




    Several colleges and universities in Delaware offer the opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses for FREE or at a reduced cost.


    Below is information about early enrollment opportunities at colleges/universities in Delaware:


    Wilmington University: Early College Programs

    Delaware State University: Early Bird Program

    Delaware Technical Community College: Dual/Early College Enrollment

    University of Delaware: Pre-College Programs


    For more information about dual/early enrollment options, please speak with your school counselor.