Dual Enrollment Admissions Criteria

To be eligible for Dual Enrollment Courses, students must demonstrate college readiness. Learn more about the NOVA Admission Criteria for Dual Enrollment Courses.

Students participating in a dual enrollment course with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) must be an 11th or 12th grade student. There are some exceptions for 9th and 10th graders. Students must apply to NOVA and meet admissions criteria. Admissions criteria for NOVA does not guarantee that a student has met the prerequisites to enroll in the course.

There are two ways students can meet the admissions criteria for a dual enrollment class.

Option 1: Grade Point Average (GPA)

One way students can demonstrate college readiness is by using their Grade Point Average (GPA). The minimum GPA varies by course.

Dual Enrollment Transfer Course

All of the students in a Transfer Course are dual enrolled with NOVA. To qualify for a Dual Enrollment Transfer Course, students need

  • a 3.0 GPA (or higher) OR
  • qualifying test scores (see option 2 below)

Transfer Courses

  • Advance Placement Biology DE
  • AP Calculus BC DE
  • Chemistry 2 DE
  • Cyber: Oracle 1 DE
  • English 11 DE
  • English 12 DE
  • French 4 DE
  • IB Biology HL 1 DE
  • IB Biology HL 2 DE
  • IB Environmental Systems & Societies DE
  • Latin 4 DE
  • Music and Computer Technology 1 DE
  • Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy 1 DE
  • Teachers for Tomorrow 1 DE
  • Teachers for Tomorrow 2 DE
  • Theatre 3 DE
  • US VA Government DE
  • US VA History DE
  • World History 1 DE
  • World History 2 DE

Dual Enrollment Non-Transfer Course

In a Non-Transfer Course, students choose whether they want to dual enroll or not. Non-transfer courses can be mixed with students who choose to Dual Enroll and students who decide not to Dual Enroll. To qualify for a Dual Enrollment Non-Transfer Course, students need

  • a 2.0 GPA (or higher) OR
  • qualifying test scores (see option 2 below)

Non-transfer Courses

  • Advanced Programming 
  • Automotive Collision Services 1
  • Automotive Collision Services 2
  • Automotive Technology 1 
  • Automotive Technology 2
  • Automotive Technology 3
  • Culinary Arts1 
  • Culinary Arts 2 
  • Cyber:  Computer Systems Technology 2, A+ 
  • Cyber: CISCO 1 
  • Cyber: CISCO 2 
  • Cyber: Cloud Computing 
  • Cyber: Network Administration 1 
  • Cyber: Network Administration 2
  • Early Childhood Careers 1
  • Early Childhood Careers 2
  • EMT 
  • Entrepreneurship 1
  • Entrepreneurship 2
  • Exploring the Language of Medicine
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning 1
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning 2
  • Programming

Option 2: English and Math Placement Scores 

Another way students can demonstrate college readiness is by using placement scores in both English and Math.

NOTE: PSAT 8 and 9 test scores are not accepted.

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing/English and Reading

Any one of these scores can be used to demonstrate college readiness. Students cannot use SOL or IB test scores to meet the English requirement.

  • PSAT 10 or NMSQT: 390
  • SAT: 480
  • ACT: 18
  • AP: 3


Students planning to enroll in AP Calculus BC DE cannot use Math placement scores. In order to place into the class, students will need to have taken Precalculus with Trigonometry DE or take NOVA’s proctored placement test.

  • PSAT 10 or NMSQT: 500
  • SAT: 530
  • ACT: 22
  • SOL: 400 or higher on any HS Mathematics SOL taken in the past five years
  • AP: 3
  • IB: 5