Undergraduate Admissions

College Ahead (Dual Enrollment)

Why Choose UM College Ahead?

Dual enrollment allows a student to receive both high school credit and college credit for a UM course. (Students should consult their guidance counselor about the credit they will receive.) Students can earn up to 30 hours of college credit, which transfers to most colleges nationwide.

College Ahead students have access to Carmichael Library resources and get free admission to UM home athletic events.

Students have the flexibility to take on-campus or online courses.

College Ahead Application and Next Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for admission?

  • Submit the College Ahead application with approval from guidance counselor and parent/guardian
  • Submit high school transcript
  • High School GPA = 3.0 (4-point scale)
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA in college-level work

Who is eligible?

High school students who have finished their sophomore year (with approval of their counselor) who meet the admissions requirements.

What is the maximum amount of college credit I can earn?

30 hours which is equal to one year of college work.

How much does it cost to take a College Ahead course?

$525 for a 3 hour on campus course (cost savings of approximately $650 per class) This price includes all fees except books and extra materials.

Gifted Resources Class (GRC) Members from Shelby County Schools are given free tuition for one on campus course. Books and additional courses are extra. Please note the GRC Scholarship cannot be used toward an online class.

Which classes are offered online?

There are a variety of courses offered online and on-campus through College Ahead. A sample of online classes offered are below. You may view a full list of courses offered by semester.

Classes Offered Online (by term) Fall Spring Summer
Introduction to Macroeconomics X X X
Introduction to Microeconomics X X
Composition I (English 101) X X
Composition II (English 102) X X X
Pre-Calculus Algebra (ACT Math- 20 ) X
Introductory French I X
Introductory French II X
World Regional Geography X X X
History of World Civilizations I X
History of World Civilizations II X
Introduction to Computers X
Invitation to Listening (MUS 121) X X
American National Government X X X
Foundations in Psychology X X
Introductory Sociology X X X
Introduction to Theatre X X
Introduction to Computers X X
Art Awareness X
Intro. to African American Studies X


For more information, contact Haley Smith at 205-665-6034 (office), 205-900-4489 (text), or hsmith14@montevallo.edu (email).