Can I attend two colleges at once?

💡 The Frank Takeaways:

In short, yes, you can attend two colleges at once.

Many students attend both community colleges and four-year universities. Some students even attend two four-year universities. The reasoning behind this is individual from one student to the next, but in some cases, it can be due to the cost savings that come with attending a secondary school. 

Can you be enrolled in two colleges at once?

Being enrolled in two colleges at the same time is called dual enrollment. In most cases, students attend a community college and a university at the same time. Generally, students take their GE classes at a more affordable community college and transfer them at a later date.

What is Dual-Enrollment?

When you attend two colleges at once you’re what most colleges call “Dual-Enrolled.” Though you may be getting your degree from one school, you’ll be taking additional classes at another to help you get that degree. 

We talk more about dual enrollment in this post. But the key takeaway here is that you’ll eventually need to transfer all your credits to one school to graduate. Keep reading to learn more about transferring credits.

Transferable Credits

One of the most important aspects of dual-enrollment is ensuring that your credits will transfer from your secondary school to the degree-awarding university. 

Sometimes, there are articulation agreements in place that ensure this is an easy process. Other times, it’s a process that requires research, meeting with advisors at both schools, and of course, an ability to stay on top of your coursework and credits. 

If you’re planning to attend a community college and a four-year college, there’s more opportunity for articulation agreements. In many cases, if the colleges are located in the same city or state, there will likely be an agreement in place you can take advantage of. 

Tracking Your Dual Enrollment Progress

Going to two colleges at once is no walk in the park. You need to come prepared to work hard, track your credits, and communicate with advisors from both institutions. At the end of every semester, you should meet with your advisors to go over your transcripts. You’ll want to ensure that you’ve been awarded all the credits you took and go over the plan for your next semester.

When it comes to attending two colleges, staying organized is key. From there, you should be able to navigate the difficult transfer process with ease and understanding.