Early College

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Bakersfield College has the largest single college Dual Enrollment program in the state of California.

Early College

Take college courses while still in high school! These courses may take place at your high school, online, or at one of our college campuses.
Learn more about what options are available at your high school.
Get answers on everything related to Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment.
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What is Dual Enrollment?

High School districts offer college courses to their students during and after the high school day through Dual Enrollment (courses are now available for Spring 2024).

Here are some facts about Dual Enrollment at BC.

  • Most, if not all, students in the class are high school students.
  • Courses are primarily taught by high school instructors.
  • Students are approved and enrolled through their high school district.
  • All fees are waived and required materials are provided.

What is Concurrent Enrollment?

High school students can take courses at a Bakersfield College campus, or online, through Concurrent Enrollment (courses for Spring 2024 will be available beginning on October 2nd).

Here are some facts about Concurrent Enrollment at BC

  • Most of the students in the class will be traditional BC college students.
  • All courses are taught by college instructors.
  • Students are approved by their high school administrator or counselor.
  • Students must be cleared by Admissions & Records to register themselves in their courses.
  • Tuition cost is waived, but minimal fees apply and must be paid by the student.
  • Textbooks are not provided and must be purchased by the student, if required.

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Phone: (661) 395-4008 | Email: earlycollege@bakersfieldcollege.edu | Zoom Support

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