Dual Enrollment FAQ's
A dual enrollment course enables students to earn academic credit for both their current high school transcript and a Gallatin College MSU transcript. Depending on availability, students may take dual enrollment courses at their high school - known as concurrent enrollment - or on the Gallatin College campus.
After students enroll in a designated dual enrollment course through their high school, they can submit an application for the Gallatin College dual enrollment program. Prerequisites and/or placement test scores may be required. In order to successfully register for college credit, dual enrollment students must complete the registration process by the Gallatin College deadline. Deadlines vary each semester and are available from the Gallatin College coordinator.
Gallatin College processes Fall dual enrollment applications between mid-August and early September, and Spring applications in November and December before Christmas break. Year-long dual enrollment courses are subject to Spring semester deadlines. Local students can find their school-specific dates within the question and response below.
In the case of extenuating circumstances, Gallatin College does allow for a few later dual enrollments, but all students must meet the Admissions Office deadline: the fifth class day of the new semester, as indicated by the MSU academic calendar. For further information or clarification, please contact the Gallatin College dual enrollment coordinator.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 994-1991.
Can high school or home school students also take dual enrollment courses on the Gallatin College MSU campus? Does this affect tuition rates?
Motivated high school juniors and seniors can take 100 or 200 level courses at Gallatin College for high school and college credit, and still pay the discounted or free tuition rate.
On-campus dual enrollment (also called Early College) is for COLLEGE CREDIT ONLY and is available only if space remains in Gallatin College courses once our degree seeking students have registered and if high school students have met course prerequisites. Early College students are typically registered for on campus or online classes that are still available by early August for fall semester and by late December for spring semester.
NOTE: On campus Early College/Dual Enrollment courses are NOT intended as a substitution in fulfilling high school credit and graduation requirements for homeschool and non-accredited high school curricula, but rather to provide intentional progress towards post-secondary degree paths.
Interested students can browse Gallatin College and MSU courses here by selecting their desired subject area and identifying 100 and 200 level offerings. For course availabilities and further information, please contact the Gallatin College dual enrollment coordinator.
Note: Some courses available for college credit only (not dual enrollment), may have additional course fees, and may require the purchase of textbook and/or other course materials.
Students can withdraw from dual enrollment, but they must first contact the Gallatin College coordinator in order to determine whether they will continue to take at least one other course for college credit, or if they plan to drop dual enrollment altogether.
If a student does not intend to drop all dual enrollment courses, the Gallatin College coordinator can process the withdrawal request directly. If a student does intend to drop dual enrollment entirely, however, the coordinator will contact the Registrar’s Office so as to initiate a full university withdrawal on the student’s behalf. In the this scenario, the student must report his or her last date of class attendance.
For both the Fall and Spring semesters, students who decide to withdraw must do so within the first 15 days of classes if they do not want any official record of their dual enrollment. Conversely, students who withdraw after the 15th day will receive a "W" on their transcript. Last, students who do not file a formal withdrawal but simply stop attending their dual enrollment course(s) will receive an "F" grade.
MyInfo is the official student record system for Gallatin College and MSU; through MyInfo, students can register for courses, request a transcript, and pay tuition. For step-by-step instructions on how to create an account, please refer to the embedded video (written transcript below for accessibility):
As a Gallatin College dual enrollment student, you will need to be familiar with MyInfo, the MSU student records system. Through MyInfo, you can register for courses, request a transcript, and pay tuition. Of course, in order to complete any of these tasks, you must first create a student account if you do not already have one. To get started, visit montana.edu/myinfo.
After the page has loaded, click on the second link from the top, “log into MyInfo.”
Here, the system will ask you for your user ID and PIN. Your user ID begins with a dash and continues as a sequence of eight numbers. If you have not yet memorized your this information, you can find it in the Gallatin College acceptance letter that you received in the mail. Alternatively, you can input your nine digit Social Security number instead. If you need additional help, feel free to contact the dual enrollment coordinator or the Gallatin College registrar.
Next, you will enter your PIN. Before your first login, your PIN is automatically set to your birthdate, formatted as the two digit day, followed by the first three letters of the month in lowercase, and ending with the four digit year. For example, if you were born on April 23rd, 1989, you would type “23apr1989.”
Finally, once you have entered both your user ID and your PIN, click “Login.”
Credits from Gallatin College dual enrollment courses automatically transfer within the Montana University System; they are also valid for accredited institutions nationwide, although students will have to file a transcript request from the National Clearinghouse.
The following embedded video offers a narrated walkthrough for requesting a transcript through the National Clearinghouse (written transcript below for accessibility):
After you have completed your dual enrollment course, you’ll want to make sure that the college credits you’ve earned will roll over to the next stage of your education. If you are planning to continue within the Montana University System, this transfer will take place automatically. If you pursue postsecondary learning elsewhere, though, you will need to request a transcript through the National Clearinghouse website. Fortunately, MyInfo has you covered. First, we’ll navigate to the “Student Services” tab, and then click on the text that says “Official Transcript.” This will take you to a page that links the National Clearinghouse website; click on that link, and you’ll get where you need to be.
Now, you’ll finalize the specifics of your transcript delivery. In the dropdown menu under “processing details,” feel free to select “current transcript,” unless you are currently taking more dual enrollment courses through Gallatin College, and would like to wait until you receive your grades. Next, you can select a processing rate, method, and number of copies. Finally, after agreeing to the terms and conditions, you can confirm your order.