For Southwest Montana High School Students

Our Dual Enrollment courses offer Southwest Montana resident high school students an opportunity to earn high school and college credit at the same time. We invite anyone seeking an authentic college experience in a supportive setting to participate in our program, and we offer options for both Career and Technical Education (CTE) and general education. Dual Enrollment courses typically take placeat local high schools. Students may also take Early College courses on our campus or online, however availiability is limited and only college credit is earned. 


Dual Enrollment: college credit and high school credit earned through an approved DE cass in an accredited high school

Students enrolled at qualifying, accreditated high schools are eligible to enroll in courses pre-designated as Dual Enrollment. The course list and availability differs from school to school, with a focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE) and some general education. These courses are set up for students to earn high school and colelge credit at the same time. Students must be 16 years of age when they enroll.


Early College: high school student enrolled in a Gallatin College course

High school students interested in enrolling in a Gallatin College course  may select the "Early College" option in the DE Gateway (see application below) to view the courses available for high school students to enroll in each semester. In most cases, students will only earn college credit. Students must be 16 years of age when they enroll.

Please Note: Early College courses are extremely limited for Fall 2021. Interested students are encouraged to consider alternative courses or Spring 2022 enrollment.


Early Admissions: high school student enrolled in a MSU course

High school students interested in enrolling in an MSU course will need to apply separately through MSU admissions and follow the "Early Admissions" requirements.


Dual Enrollment and Early College Benefits:

  • It doesn't get any cheaper than this:

Through the One-Two-FREE initiative, the Montana University System covers students' tuition for two dual enrollment or early college (on campus) courses. After that, students still pay only half-price tuition - just under $55 per credit - with no university fees.

Important: Once your dual enrollment course(s) registration is processed, in approximately 10 days you will receive an email notice on any applicable pending tuition balance charges you are officially responsible for (i.e., credits not covered under the One-Two-Free program.) For assistance with dual enrollment/early college course billing or payment, please contact MSU Student Accounts at or call (406)994-1991.

  • Hit the ground running:

Dual enrollment and early college credits transfer throughout the Montana University System and to accredited institutions nationwide, so students save time and money toward completing a degree.

  • Give college a try:

Dual enrollment students challenge themselves by taking college-level classes, but they receive plenty of help and encouragement from their teachers and peers. This positive environment empowers all participants to learn, grow, and discover their passion. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn about dual enrollment, early college, registration, the withdrawal processes, tuition, and more!


Begin the Application Process

Step 1a: Inquire about High-School Courses

Contact your high-school counselor to inquire about what dual enrollment high-school courses are available. For additonal questions, contact us at or inquire today

Step 1b: Inquire about Online or College Campus Courses

Inquire about online, MSU campus or Gallatin College campus options and receive additional information by completing our inquiry form.  Early College applicants must complete this form before continuing to step 2.   

Step 2: Submit an Application

NOTE: If you experience any issues with the new DE Gateway application below, please view the student or instructor guides or send an email to Dual Enrollment & Career Pathways and our DE Gateway IT team will assist you.



College and Career Pathway Information

We encourage you to check out Montana Career Pathways to learn about in-demand jobs right here in Montana as well as the relevant coursework and professional preparation that will lead you to these fulfilling well-paying careers! Gallatin College is invested in positive student outcomes and strengthening Montana's economy.