Numerous students enter Middle Tennessee State University with college credit because they have taken MTSU dual-enrollment courses in their final two years of high school.
Casey Brown, Dual Enrollment Program coordinator in the MTSU University College, shares how high schoolers can take advantage of this money-saving opportunity for both high school and college credit — and gain a taste of what it’s like to be an MTSU student — in the July edition of the “Out of the Blue” television program.
“Out of the Blue,” MTSU’s monthly TV magazine show, is hosted by Andrew Oppmann, vice president of Marketing and Communications.
For the $25 application fee, plus any textbook and miscellaneous (science lab) fees, high school juniors and seniors can take dual enrollment at MTSU. A state Dual Enrollment Grant and MTSU funding help defray costs.
“Essentially, if a student meets the requirements for our program, they’re also going to meet the requirements for the grant and what the grant does is it covers a student’s first five courses in terms of tuition and fees, allowing them to pay for nothing except for the application fee to MTSU,” Brown said.
Four full-time staff are available to assist students and their parents, Brown said.
“We’re actually walking students through the admissions application and state Dual Enrollment Grant application,” he added. “We’re getting all their documentation in. We’re helping them select their courses.”
University College staff follow up at midterm to determine if things are going smoothly.
“We administer a student survey at the end of each semester to kind of gauge whether the students feel this program is a benefit to them, whether it’s meeting their needs and if there are any ways we can improve,” Brown said. “So, really from the time they first start having this kernel of an idea of about going to college early to the time they graduate high school, we want to be with them,” Brown said.
Watch previous episodes of “Out of the Blue” at https://mtsunews.com/out-of-the-blue. For more information, call 615-898-5246 or email email@example.com. University College offices are located in Miller Education Center Room 2100, 503 E. Bell St. and Greenland Drive, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)