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Program Requirements

Austin Peay offers flexible dual enrollment class options while you are still fully immersed in your high school life. You can take a college course taught by a credentialed high school teacher within your normal school day, or you could take a class your high school doesn't offer, online or on our main campus. And for those who want the greatest jump start on their college career, our entire Associate's Degree in University Studies is available to you -- in person, 100% online, or a little bit of both to meet your scheduling needs.

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Dual Enrollment Requirements

In order to participate in the dual enrollment program at Austin Peay State University, you should first meet the following APSU admissions requirements:

Note: Although you may be admitted to the program by meeting the above criteria, some entry-level courses will require college-level scores (ACT or equivalent):

***Beginning with the Summer 2022 semester, the Office of Admissions will accept alternative placement criteria for these courses due to the impact of COVID-19 on the accessibility of college level testing:

We can accept the following test scores:

Official Test Scores ACT SAT PreACT PSAT Accuplacer
English Minimum Subscore 18 490* 18 25* 250
Math Minimum Subscore 19 500 19 24.5 250
Reading Minimum Subscore 19 500* 19 25 250
  • APSU will accept the reading PSAT score for both English and Reading college-level requirements. 
  • SAT Evidence-Based R/W scores are used for both English and Reading.
  • We also accept COMPASS and ASSET scores. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accept Practice ACT scores.

Other High School Student Enrollment Types

Take classes for college credit only. Otherwise, the requirements and process are the same as for dual enrollment.


Academically Talented (AT) is another category designed primarily for students in the 9th or 10th grade*. Once admitted to the program, you will earn college credits with APSU for any courses you take as an Academically Talented student. Whether you earn high school credit is dependent upon on your school district's policy. In order to participate in the Academically Talented program, you should first meet the following APSU admission requirements:

  • Be enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 in public or private high schools in Tennessee*
  • Submit the dual enrollment online application;
  • Submit and maintain a cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) per an official transcript from your high school;
  • Provide a recommendation of the high school principal and approval of placement as part of the student’s high school academic plan;
  • Receive recommendation and approval of the APSU Director of Admissions.

*Once in the 10th and 11th grades, students generally apply for dual or joint enrollment admission. 
At this time, 9th and 10th grade students are not eligible for the TN Dual Enrollment Grant.


This category of applicants includes students entering APSU full-time, prior to completion of high school diploma requirements, and beginning after junior year. Applicants for early admission must:

  • Submit the dual enrollment online application;
  • Submit a high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale);
  • Submit an ACT composite score of at least 22 (or SAT composite score of at least 1020);
  • Provide a recommendation of high school principal or school counselor and consent of parent(s) or guardian(s);
  • Provide a written statement from high school principal specifying college courses that will be substituted for remaining high school courses needed for high school graduation.