GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#MichiganWith many Michigan school districts starting the coming academic year online, some families are seeking ways to keep their students engaged and challenged while learning from home. In response, Davenport University announced today it is opening its dual enrollment program to junior and senior high school students statewide.

Homeschool students may also take advantage of these offerings.

Dual enrollment has long been a way for students to earn college credit while still in high school. Today, with more students at the secondary level familiar with learning online, it’s an even more appealing option to families looking to keep their students engaged and to save money while their students get a head start on a college degree.

“COVID doesn’t mean students need to delay their academic goals, rather they should use this at-home time to pursue advanced learning opportunities maybe not previously available,” said Dr. Richard Pappas, president of Davenport University. “Dual enrollment is an excellent way for students to explore college offerings while concurrently earning their high school degree.”

Davenport has been offering online classes for nearly 20 years and was one of the first universities in Michigan to introduce online learning, making it uniquely equipped to deliver engaging and flexible virtual solutions.

Students can take up to 10 dual enrollment classes during their high school career. Juniors are allowed two classes per semester and seniors may take three classes per semester. Davenport is currently waiving its ACT, SAT and PSAT requirements, but students must have a 2.5 or higher GPA to enroll.

Davenport courses will be offered at an 80% savings to all high school juniors and seniors, making the cost for each 3-credit, 7-week online course less than $500. If a student’s home school approves them taking a dual enrollment course, the state will reimburse the student for each credit hour.

High school students who qualify may choose to consider dual enrollment for various reasons.

“Especially in the era of COVID, students are more familiar with online instruction and are building time management skills,” said Colleen Thoman, executive director of Davenport University admissions. “For some, this is an ideal time to get a jump start on their college experience, earn credit hours and get a taste of college life to ensure a smooth transition next fall.”

Michigan Department of Education dictates classes taken at the college level must not be offered by the student’s school or academy and must lead toward postsecondary credit, accreditation, certification and/or licensing. Davenport encourages students to work with their high school counselor to determine the best class choice to align with their high school schedule.

For more information, students may speak with their high school guidance counselor or visit

About Davenport University:

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving about 7,500 students at campuses across Michigan and online. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 60 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers in business, technology, health professions and urban education. More information is available at


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