Go to college while you’re still in high school.
With dual enrollment, you take classes at your high school, plus college classes from Baker College—an accredited four-year college. This lets you:
- Save money. Your school district pays the tuition for your college classes.
- Move closer to college graduation. You’ll need fewer college classes to get your degree.
- Prepare for life after graduation. You’ll already have college experience.
- Look good to colleges. Show them you’re eager and experienced.
Whether you take your Baker College classes online or on campus, you’ll learn from Baker College faculty. You’ll go to classes with other Baker College students and do the same work they do.
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How to sign up for dual enrollment classes:
To dual-enroll in Baker College classes, you need to:
- Meet the MDE (minimum dual enrollment) qualifying scores and the Baker College minimum GPA or SAT scores in math and English and
- Get approval from your high school administration or counselor.
Then, follow these steps:
- Complete the online application. Choose “Undergraduate” on the first screen and “RunningStart” when the option arises.
- Send your high school transcript or SAT/ACT scores to [email protected].
- Once you’re accepted, submit a FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) form here.
- Fill out either:
- The Dual Enrollment Registration and Payment Form (for public school or homeschool students) or
- The Non-Public Dual Enrollment Registration and Payment Form (for non-public school students)
- …and send them to [email protected].
- Pass Baker College’s online Student Welcome Experience class.
That’s it! A RunningStart representative will register you for the classes you want to take.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, if you’re a high school student in the state of Michigan who meets the eligibility criteria, you’re eligible for dual enrollment at Baker College regardless of your high school.
The following schools currently have students in the Baker College dual enrollment program:
- Allendale Public Schools
- Benzie Academy
- Benzie County Central Schools
- Buckley Community Schools
- Byron Area Schools
- Cadillac Area Public Schools
- Cadillac Heritage Christian School
- Columbia School District
- Copper Country Christian School
- Corunna Public Schools
- Covenant Christian High School
- Dansville Schools
- Durand Area Schools
- Ellsworth Community School
- Forest Area Community Schools
- Fowlerville Community Schools
- Goodrich Area Schools
- Grandville Public Schools
- Grant Public School District
- Gull Lake Community Schools
- Hanover-Horton School District
- Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan
- Home Educated
- Houghton Lake Community Schools
- Howell Public Schools
- Inland Lakes Schools
- Laingsburg Community Schools
- Lakeview Community Schools (Montcalm)
- Lakeview Public Schools (Macomb)
- Lansing Christian Schools
- Lansing Public School District
- Lapeer Community Schools
- Mancelona Public Schools
- Manton Consolidated Schools
- Maplewood Baptist Academy
- Marion Public Schools
- McBain Rural Agricultural Schools
- Mesick Consolidated Schools
- Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy
- Morrice Area Schools
- Muskegon Catholic Central Schools
- New Lothrop Area Public Schools
- Okemos Public Schools
- Owosso Public Schools
- Pellston Public Schools
- Perry Public Schools
- Pine River Area Schools
- Ravenna Public Schools
- Roscommon Area Public Schools
- Spring Vale Academy
- Stockbridge Community Schools
- Waverly Community Schools
- Whitehall District Schools
- Williamston Community Schools
New dual enrollment partnerships between Baker College and high schools are added all the time. If you don’t see your school, talk with your counselor, who can contact Kelly Smith at (231) 876-3107 or [email protected] to learn about setting up the program.
You can register for state-approved, accredited courses. Baker College will invoice the tuition to the Michigan Department of Education.
Tuition is free to students, covered by your school district or the state of Michigan. However, this funding process is typically done through the student’s high school. In the event you’re unable to secure funding through your school, you can enroll in courses at the dual enrollment rate.
Dual enrollment classes are held on Baker College campuses or online. (Please note that if you take classes on a Baker College campus, you’ll need to handle your own transportation.)
Yes. You can easily opt to continue your studies at Baker College, or you should be able to transfer the credits you’ve earned through dual enrollment to another college. Baker College is accredited and its RunningStart program is accredited, so you shouldn’t have any trouble. You can check various Michigan schools’ requirements at mitransfer.org, just to be sure.
Here is the current list of classes you can take at Baker College through dual enrollment. The classes you choose to take from Baker College must:
- Not be offered at your high school and
- Lead toward accreditation, certification, and/or trade licensing.
As a dual enrollment student, you can take any 1000- or 2000-level courses at Baker College for which you’ve met the prerequisites. The course-limit breakdown depends on what year you begin dual enrollment courses.
|If you begin dual enrollment in…||Here’s how many Baker College classes you can take for credit:|
|9th grade||2 courses in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades; 4 courses in 12th grade|
|10th grade||2 courses in 10th grade; 4 courses in 11th and 12th grades|
|11th grade||6 courses per year|
|12th grade||6 courses|
After RunningStart, run straight to Baker College.
By taking Baker College classes while you’re still in high school, you can take advantage of:
- Excellent faculty who are active in their fields outside the classroom.
- An affordable nonprofit institution focused on helping students.
- Relevant, up-to-date learning for today’s professionals.
You’ll already have earned credits. You’ll have a good sense of what Baker College is like. So you may decide to continue on to earn your bachelor’s degree (or higher!) at Baker College.
Check out your other college credit options.
Baker College’s RunningStart program has three other ways you can earn college credit while you’re still in high school. Learn more about:
Graduate high school with an associate degree through this three-year program that starts in the 11th grade.
Take Baker College courses at your high school or technical center.