Dual Admission: A Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree

Some students coming out of high school plan to attend a four-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree, but are not quite ready for a variety of reasons.

For some, it comes down to finances, while others may not feel comfortable leaving home just yet. Some may not have been accepted by their school of choice.

The Community College System of New Hampshire and the University System of New Hampshire have successfully developed an educational pathway that allows students to enroll in one of New Hampshire’s seven community colleges and be admitted into one of the state’s four four-year colleges at the same time.

The Dual Admission Program, which launched in 2016, meets the needs of students looking to transition to a four-year university.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Students select the community college they are interested in attending (Great Bay, Lakes Region, Nashua, NHTI, Manchester, River Valley or White Mountains) and will be taken to that college’s website.
  2. When ready to apply, students simply indicate on their community college application that they would like to enroll in the Dual Admission Program and select their university choice (University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, Keene State or Granite State).
  3. Upon acceptance into the community college and the completion of placement testing, students meet with a community college advisor and sign a Dual Admission Program contract that outlines the program requirements.

What you get:

  • Credits that apply to both associate and bachelor’s degrees
  • One application fee that pays for both the community college and the four-year institution
  • Access to specialized academic advising
  • Eligibility for merit-based scholarships
  • Guaranteed university housing
  • Savings on tuition and courses

What you need to do at community college:

  • Maintain a 2.5 grade-point average or higher
  • Remain in good standing
  • Complete your associate degree

With this program, students know that if they start out at a community college in New Hampshire they will be able to seamlessly transition into the university system.

- Deanna Freidman, Great Bay Community College

Why the Dual Admission Program?

The power of 2! Pay one application fee and take advantage of a new educational pathway that allows you to enroll at one of the seven NH Community Colleges and be admitted into the University System of NH at the same time.* First you’ll complete an associate degree at the community college and then transition to one of the University System of NH institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree. Along the way, you will receive special academic advising and enjoy activities at two colleges that may include academic, athletic, cultural and social events.