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Concurrent and Dual Enrollment at MSU Denver

Front Runners is MSU Denver’s concurrent and dual enrollment program – high school students can take courses for both high school and college credit. This allows students to get a jump start on college credit before they are out of high school, saving time and money.

The classes are taught by approved high school teachers or MSU Denver faculty. Students gain exposure to academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment. 

Our program is open to any high school district and student in the state of Colorado, and classes are offered at our Auraria campus in downtown Denver, at our South Campus in the Denver Tech Center, or in your high school.

Before students can enroll in any of the following programs, an agreement must be in place between MSU Denver and the school district.

There are four different pathways for high school students to take college credit classes through MSU Denver: Front Road, Main Road, Student Enrichment Education, and ASCENT. 


The Front Road pathway provides classes, taught by high school teachers or by MSU Denver faculty, and offered at your high school so students do not need to leave their campus. The school district pays for the tuition.

Examples of courses:

  • Advanced Conversational Spanish
  • Aviation Fundamentals
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Food Fundamentals
  • Food Preparation and Science
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Japanese
  • Manufacturing Processing
  • Spanish Minor
  • Women of Color

Program Qualifications:

  • Classes are prearranged and approved by the high school and MSU Denver prior to students being able to enroll.
  • Students must be selected for participation, have satisfied the minimum course prerequisites, and all other required assessments before enrollment.
  • Students must demonstrate academic preparedness and meet high school standards to begin taking college classes early.
  • Registration is completed by MSU Denver in consultation with high school teachers and counselors.

If you are a high school student, or you know a student, who will be taking a college class offered at your high school - the Front Runners Application should be completed and submited to your counselor or Concurrent Enrollment contact or emailed to Frontrunners@msudenver.edu.

If the high school you attend does not offer Concurrent Enrollment, please email Frontrunners@msudenver.edu for additional information.

Many courses taught at MSU Denver are also available to high school students who do not have the option to complete college classes at their high schools.

Through the Main Road pathway, high school students who do not have options to complete college classes at their high schools can take classes at MSU Denver. The student’s school district may pay for all or a portion of the tuition with the remainder paid by the student or their parent/guardian. Some districts may also pay for a portion of fees and textbooks.

With this concurrent option, parents may still have to cover part of the tuition but it is significantly less than college tuition after high school graduation.

Program Qualifications:

  • Students must demonstrate academic preparedness and meet high school standards to begin taking college classes early at MSU Denver.
  • Students must have satisfied the minimum course prerequisites and all required assessments before enrolling.

Visit MSU Denver’s class schedule website for potential classes available for enrollment.

If you are a high school student, or you know a student, interested in taking a class at MSU Denver, the following must be completed:

  1. Complete a MSU Denver Admissions Application. To waive the $25 application fee, use code ‘Frontrunners’.
  2. Complete the Main Road Concurrent Enrollment Form, and email to Frontrunners@msudenver.edu. This form must be submitted for every semester the student intends to be concurrently enrolled.
  3. Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF), available at https://cof.college-assist.org/. COF covers a portion of the tuition. If the student does not complete the application and authorization, he or she will be charged the additional amount.
  4. After applying for COF, the student must authorize MSU Denver to use the stipend on the student’s behalf. The COF stipend authorization can be found at https://msudenver.edu/cof/.
  5. Request your official transcripts from another institution(s) to be sent to MSU Denver. All hard copies of transcripts must be in an official sealed envelope from the issuing school, institution or agency. All transferrable courses must be considered college-level and completed with a grade of C- or better. Additional information about sending transcripts
    • Contact your high school or school district office for transcripts
    • Contact any other higher educational institution to order official transcripts and have them sent to MSU Denver
    • Order Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) from College Board to request they be sent to MSU Denver
  6. Register for SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration).
  7. Contact Patrick Wise, Concurrent Enrollment Academic Advisor, at pwise1@msudenver.edu for advising and course selection.  
  8. Purchase your textbooks at the Tivoli Station Bookstore (prior to purchasing, check with your high school counselor to see if the school district pays for textbooks).
  9. If the student is responsible for paying a portion of their tuition and/or student fees, the payment should be made through Student Hub by the tuition payment deadline (prior to paying, check with your high school counselor to verify your portion).

 

The Student Enrichment Education (S.E.E.) Pathway is for high school students, 16-years or older, to enroll in college classes at MSU Denver as special non-degree seeking students.

High school students are eligible to take classes year round (Fall, Spring and Summer). There are no limits on the type of classes, except for academic prerequisites and assessment test requirements. These enrollments are not state-funded nor is the tuition paid for by the school district. Home schooled or private school students may also participate in this pathway.

This option provides affordable access to academic classes that may not be available to a local high school to meet high school graduation.

Program Qualifications:

  • Available to students attending charter schools, private schools, and any other school that MSU Denver does not currently have an active cooperative agreement in place.
  • Students must have satisfied the minimum class prerequisites and all required assessment before enrolling.
  • Students are required to submit information and register for classes in the same way regularly admitted students do.

If you are a high school student, or you know a student, interested in participating in the Student Enrichment Education pathway, the following must be completed:

  1. Complete a MSU Denver Admissions Application. To waive the $25 application fee, use code ‘Frontrunners’.
  2. Complete the Student Enrichment Education form, and email to Frontrunners@msudenver.edu. This form must be submitted for every semester the student plans to be concurrently enrolled.
  3. Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF), available at https://cof.college-assist.org/. COF covers a portion of the tuition. If the student does not complete the application and authorization, he or she will be charged the additional amount.After applying for COF, the student must authorize MSU Denver to use the stipend on the student’s behalf. The COF stipend authorization can be found at https://msudenver.edu/cof/.
  4. Request your official transcripts from another institution(s) to be sent to MSU Denver. All hard copies of transcripts must be in an official sealed envelope from the issuing school, institution or agency. All transferable courses must be considered college-level and completed with a grade of C- or better. Additional information about sending transcripts.
    • Contact your high school or school district office for transcripts
    • Contact any other higher educational institution to order official transcripts and have them sent to MSU Denver
    • Order Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) from College Board to request they be sent to MSU Denver
  5. Register for SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration).
  6. Contact Patrick Wise, Concurrent Enrollment Academic Advisor, at pwise1@msudenver.edu for advising and course selection.  
  7. Purchase your textbooks at the Tivoli Station Bookstore (prior to purchasing, students should check with their high school counselor to see if the school district pays for textbooks).
  8. If the student is responsible for paying a portion of their tuition and/or student fees, they should make payment via the Student Hub by the semester’s tuition payment deadline (prior to paying, check with your high school counselor to verify your portion).

 

The ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent ENrollmenT) pathway is for high school students who have fulfilled their school district’s graduation requirements at the end of four years, and who have completed, or are on track to complete, 12 credit hours of college classes. They can remain students in their school district for one year following their 12th grade year, attend classes at MSU Denver, and the school district will pay for tuition up to the community college rate. Students should check with their high school counselor to see if the district pays for student fees and/or textbooks.

Program requirements:

  • Student must have satisfied the minimum 12 credit hours of concurrent courses, prerequisites, and all required assessments before enrollment
  • Student must be in the 12th grade and selected by their school district for participation
  • Student has never participated in the ASCENT program in previous years

Students participating in ASCENT are not eligible for financial aid. The school district will hold the students’ high school diplomas until the ASCENT program is completed.

If you are a high school student, or you know a student, interested in participating in ASCENT, the following must be completed:

 

  1. Complete a MSU Denver Admissions Application. To waive the $25 application fee, use code ‘Frontrunners’.
  2. Complete the ASCENT form and email it to frontrunners@msudenver.edu. The form is valid for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. Apply for College Opportunity Fund (COF), available at https://cof.college-assist.org/. COF covers a portion of the tuition. If the student does not complete the application and authorization, he or she will be charged the additional amount.
  4. After applying for COF, the student must authorize MSU Denver to use the stipend on the student’s behalf. The COF stipend authorization can be found at https://msudenver.edu/cof/.
  5. Request your official transcripts from another institution(s) to be sent to MSU Denver. All hard copies of transcripts must be in an official sealed envelope from the issuing school, institution or agency. All transferable courses must be considered college-level and completed with a grade of C- or better. Additional information about sending transcripts. 
    • Contact your high school or school district office for transcripts
    • Contact any other higher educational institution to order official transcripts and have them sent to MSU Denver
    • Order Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) from College Board to request they be sent to MSU Denver
  6. Register for SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration).
  7. Contact Brandy Swanson, ASCENT Academic Advisor, at bswans10@msudenver.edu for advising and course selection.
  8. Purchase your textbooks at the Tivoli Station Bookstore (prior to purchasing, students should check with their high school counselor to see if the school district pays for textbooks).
  9. If the student is responsible for paying all or a portion of their student fees, they should make payment via the Student Hub by the semester’s payment deadline (prior to paying, check with your high school counselor to verify your portion).

 

We’re proud to bring college credit classes to many school districts partners across the state, including: Adams12 Five Star Schools, Adams14 School District, Aurora Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, Cherry Creek School District, Colorado Springs School District, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District, Englewood Schools, Greeley-Evans School District, JeffCo Public Schools, Mesa County Valley School District, Roaring Fork School District, St. Vrain Valley School District, Summit School District, Thompson School District, Weld County School District, Westminster Public Schools and Woodland Park School District.

If the high school you attend does not offer Concurrent Enrollment, please email Frontrunners@msudenver.edu for additional information.

Contact

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Concurrent Enrollment team by calling 720-721-1313 or emailing Frontrunners@msudenver.edu.

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