Get a head start on college
Over 400 high school students earn Bay College credits each year through dual enrollment. Taking college courses while still in high school allows students to get ahead of the game toward their future careers and equips them for college success. Families save money on college costs because school districts usually pay the tuition and fees for dual enrollees. Check with your high school to find out if they pay for all or a portion of the cost.
Bay College credits go with you. Our courses transfer to universities and colleges across the state and country. No matter where you want to end up, Bay College courses can be a part of your journey. If skilled trades or occupational programs are in your future, you may be able to join the workforce faster by completing some classed toward one of our career-entry degrees while you're in high school.APPLY ONLINE
What is "Early College?"
"Early" or "Middle College" is a partnership between a college and high school or Intermediate School District (ISD) that provides high school students the opportunity to receive a high school diploma in addition to one of the following: an occupational certificate, an associate degree, or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. To complete college credits, students begin taking college courses in their 9th, 10th, or 11th grade years, continuing in their senior year and beyond. Early/Middle College students attend a fifth year of high school, in which they spend most of their time taking Bay College courses. To ensure that students meet their goals, the Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Bay College advisors and high school counselors help students select and schedule courses that work for their plans.
Early College Benefits
Acceptance to early college is done through participating high schools and Intermediate School Districts (ISDs).
- Have a Certificate, Associate’s Degree, or up to 60 college credits paid for, saving thousands on their first two years of college. Tuition and fees for the college courses are paid for by the public school as part of the district’s per pupil state funding. Please note: There could be additional course fees and textbooks that will be out of pocket expenses for students/families.
- Students complete up to two years of college, a year ahead of their peers.
- Bay College credits are highly transferable, so students will have a great start on completing their Bachelor’s Degree at a chosen university or college.
- Certificates and Associate in Applied Science Degrees allow students to enter the workforce immediately upon completion.
Dual Enrollment and Early College Info
- Meet with high school principal or guidance counselor to determine eligibility. The State of Michigan has dual enrollment requirements
- Complete the Bay College Application for Admission
- Sign and return the Dual Enrollment Contract. This contract must be returned to the Dual Enrollment Coordinator as part of your acceptance into the Dual Enrollment Program
- Bay College requires students to have appropriate placement scores to register for certain courses. Students should provide PSAT scores, SAT scores, A.C.T. scores or on-campus assessment test results. Contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator for on-campus assessment information
- Discuss placement scores with your high school official or contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at 906-217-4301 to determine best course selection
- Complete the your registration with your high school official.
- New, first-time, online or hybrid students are required to complete a 1.5 hour Online Learning Orientation Course. Instructions will be provided. To avoid complications, please complete this task at least 48 hours before the first day of the semester
- High school students who are in Grades 9-12
- Have met with their high school guidance counselor or principal to gain approval for dual enrollment
- Meet Bay College’s placement scores or pre-requisites for the class(es) they wish to take
- Students who dual enroll in high school FEEL more confident in their transition to college
- Students who dual enroll in high school PARTICIPATE in college at a higher rate than students who did not dual enroll (NACEP)
- Students who dual enroll in high school PERSIST through at least two years at the college level (Community College Research Center at Columbia University)
- Students who dual enroll in high school EARN a higher GPA in their first year of college than students who did not dual enroll (NACEP)
- Students who dual enroll in high school ACCUMULATE more college credit than those who did not dual enroll (NACEP)
- Dual Students SUCCEED at Bay College yearly, over 93% of students that dual enroll at Bay College pass their college classes with a C or better
- Reduces FINANCIAL obligation, your high school may pay all or a portion of your tuition for college courses, saving you thousands of dollars
- Shortens TIME needed to complete a certificate, associate, baccalaureate, or higher degree
- Raises MOTIVATIONS to attend college
- Prepares students for college RIGOR, grading work, and campus life
- Developmental (social and emotional) and academic readiness: Ability to devote time above and beyond their high school coursework, extra-curricular activities, work schedules, and home life responsibilities? Emotional and mental preparedness to handle college-level discussions and expectations? Devotion to be present in class from the beginning to the end of the semester without excessive absences?
- Taking college classes starts the college transcript. A grade of “C” or better is generally required to transfer to another institution
- Assignments and project requirements may interfere with extracurricular activities
- College and high school schedules do not necessarily align. For instance, Bay’s Fall courses start before the high school academic year and Bay’s spring break does not occur at the same time as the high school’s spring break
- Books may not be paid for by the high school
Course selection is determined by your chosen career path/future major. You're welcome to contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator or your guidance counselor about what your future path and we’ll help you select appropriate courses.
The Course Equivalency Guide on https://www.mitransfer.org/ is a helpful tool for verifying how dual enrollment credits transfer to the Michigan state universities.
- Academic Support: You have access to FREE tutoring and support services on campus and online
- Accommodations: We strive to remove barriers that impact students with disabilities opportunity to learn and participate in campus life. The Office of Accessibility (OOA) assists all students taking Bay College courses with a variety of services for course accommodations
- Library Services: You have full access to the Bay College Library located on the Escanaba and all of the services it provides
- Student Life: You can take part in the many sporting events, programs, clubs and activities that Bay College provides
- American Government (POLI 111)
- College Algebra (MATH 110)
- College Success Strategies (FYE 101)
- Computer Concepts (CIS 101)
- Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 201)
- Effective Stress Management (PHED 144)
- Introduction to Business (BUSN 160)
- Interpersonal Communications (COMM 103)
- Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 201)
- Literature Courses (EN)
- Medical Terminology (HLTH 118)
- Public Speaking (COMM 104)
- Research Writing (ENGL 102)
- Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 101)
- Sociology (SOCY 151)
- Spanish I (SPAN 101)
- Trigonometry (MATH 111)
- Wellness Approach (PHED 141)
- World Regional Geography (GEO 125)
- World Regional Geography (GEO 126)