Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers dual enrollment classes as an affordable and efficient way for high school students to gain a head start on their college degree. We are committed to ensuring that high school students experience the same level of instruction, resources and rigor as our traditional college students. Dual enrollment courses are offered as a benefit to schools, school districts or homeschool organizations that participate in Canyon Christian Schools Consortium (CCSC), Participants in Learning, Leading and Serving (PLLS), Canyon Educational Participant (CEP) and Alliance Program for Homeschool Achievement (ALPHA).

Dual Enrollment Benefits

High School District and Grand Canyon University

  • Increases high school graduation rates
  • Promotes high school student motivation and engagement
  • Provides students with more advanced, rigorous coursework
  • Helps build college awareness
  • Promotes college access for a wide range of students
  • Prepares students for the academic and behavioral expectations of college 


  • Instructor recognition
  • Professional development opportunities


  • Eligibility for standard scholarship opportunities at GCU
  • Access to the GCU Learning Lounge (online and walk-in tutoring) and GCU library services
  • Sporting events on campus
  • Open invitations to GCU campus events

  • Savings in college tuition, books and fees through completion of degree work in three years


Dual enrollment students receive a reduced tuition rate. The courses transfer into GCU degree programs and high school students who attend GCU will be eligible for freshman scholarships. GCU is regionally accredited, so in general, universities that accept transfer credits should accept dual enrollment credits. However, it is at the discretion of the receiving university whether to accept credits for transfer.

Student Qualifications

  • High school juniors or seniors with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or above
  • High school sophomores with an unweighted GPA of 3.25 or above
  • All students taking English or math courses will be required to take an online placement test

High School Dual Enrollment Classes

High school dual enrollment classes are available to students attending eligible Arizona high schools. These dual enrollment courses range from general education classes to individual courses that can help students find their purpose before attending college.

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Online Dual Enrollment Courses

Online dual enrollment classes offer a variety of benefits to high school students, including the flexibility and convenience to start earning college credits on their schedule. GCU offers a variety of classes to help high school students earn the credits they desire.

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Summer Dual Enrollment Classes

High school students can get a jumpstart on their college career this summer with summer dual enrollment courses, offered on GCU's main campus in the heart of Phoenix. Students attend lectures and labs in person, offering a glimpse into college life at GCU.

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Dual Enrollment Instructors

GCU is committed to ensuring that students experience the same level of instruction, resources and rigor that our traditional student body receives so they will be prepared to move to the next academic level of study when they enter college.

Dual Enrollment instructors provide instruction that incorporates best practices in teaching, technology, engagements, ethics and more in a specific content area. GCU works with instructors to provide academic support, curriculum approval and monitoring of the course effectiveness. Dual Enrollment instructors receive ongoing training, support and professional development from GCU faculty.

Instructor Requirements

  • Master's degree or higher in the content area OR a master's degree with 18 graduate hours (500+) in the content area
  • Exceptional Expertise qualifications set and approved by the colleges
  • Completed online dual enrollment adjunct faculty application with resumé and unofficial transcripts (official transcripts are required for final approval)

Curriculum Approval

  • Create syllabus that incorporates university templates, standards and objectives into current curriculum
  • Utilize university benchmark exams/assignments and grading rubrics
  • Provide course materials for approval

For more information regarding dual enrollment, please contact us at 855-GCU-LOPE.