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JumpStart Dual Enrollment

Penn State Beaver offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus for a discounted tuition rate. This enables students to get a real "JumpStart" on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in this Dual Enrollment program may choose from a variety of courses offered at the campus.


You must be a high school junior or senior with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or a combined SAT1 critical reading and math score of 1,000 to be eligible for this program. Exceptions may be made for promising students who do not meet the above criteria.

Academic Performance

High school seniors may enroll in up to 8 credits per semester, beginning in the summer prior to their senior year, and high school juniors may enroll in one 3- or 4-credit course either the fall or spring semester. Juniors wishing to take more than one course must obtain special permission from Penn State. Total credits taken may not exceed 24.

To remain in the program, students must earn a grade of C or better in each course.

Credits earned under the provisions of this program are valid at any Penn State location and may be transferred to another institution in the same way as any other Penn State credits.


JumpStart students are offered a Penn State grand-in-aid of at least 50 percent of the cost of tuition.

PACPSL Compliance Statement

Annually, more than 600 high school students schedule college courses from a multitude of disciplines at Penn State campuses. Per recent changes to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (PACPSL), Penn State Beaver will continue to provide courses for qualified dual enrolled students, fully compliant with the required background checking requirements listed below:

Faculty who teach classes in which dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are registered, as well as staff who provide professional or support services, such as advising, counseling, or tutoring and students who serve in peer roles such as advising, mentoring, or tutoring to these students, are required by State law to have the following three clearances: Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check (SP4-164), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form (CY-113), and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check (Criminal History Report).  Effective January 1, 2016, all individuals (current employees and new hires) interacting with dual enrolled students under the age of 18 are required to have valid clearances in place.  

In order to ensure compliance in all future semesters, Penn State Beaver will identify sections of courses that typically enroll the most high school students and can confirm that faculty teaching these courses have completed the required background checks. This course list will be shared with current and future dual enrolled students through their guidance counselors and academic advisers and through print and web information.

In addition, staff and students who provide services such as academic advising, tutoring, and mentoring will be required to complete the three required background checks. Questions regarding Penn State Beaver's compliance with PACPSL can be directed to Daniel J. Pinchot, Director of Enrollment, 724-773-3806, dpinchot@psu.edu.