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Dual Studies
Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

Returning Students

If you have previously taken a RSCC dual enrollment class:

  • Apply for dual enrollment grant
  • Register for classes

If you have skipped two consecutive semesters (summer excluded), you must submit a readmit form:

  • Contact Admissions and Records at RSCC

New Dual Enrollment Students

Roane State, under the direction of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), requires minimum ACT scores of 19 (equivalent to 460 on the SAT) and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to begin college-level coursework. Permission was granted from TBR in 2008 to utilize PLAN scores if ACT scores are not established.

ACT, ACT residual, PLAN, and SAT scores are accepted for dual enrollment admission. The ACT residual is the ACT exam, but it is administered for admission to Roane State only, not to other institutions. The ACT residual scores are valid for Roane State only. Test dates for the residual and the national exams may be found on the RSCC Web site under Student Resources; click Testing Center to view pages with testing information, including scheduled test dates. You may directly contact a staff member of the RSCC Testing Center at (865) 882-4661. Scores from the ACT PLAN are approved by TBR for college admission of dual studies students if an ACT score is not available. Once a student takes the ACT, PLAN scores are no longer valid for dual enrollment admission.

To expedite the dual enrollment process, students are encouraged to include Roane State as a recipient of scores when registering for the ACT exam.

ACT Requirements

Dual Enrollment Course Requirements

Classes that do not involve math skills

  • 19 Reading/18 English

Classes that involve math skills

  • 19 Math/19 Reading

Career/Technical Courses

Business, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, First Responder, Medical Terminology

  • Must have 2.0 GPA and counselor/teacher recommendation
    You must meet Roane State's dual enrollment admission requirements, which are appropriate ACT scores and GPAs: 3.0 high school GPA for general education classes and 2.0 high school GPA for most career/technical classes.

You must be a junior or senior to be eligible for dual enrollment admission. Academically gifted students may be admitted to RSCC prior to the junior year based on an IEP documenting gifted status.


Admissions exceptions are not the norm for academic courses; however, there are cases that merit review and may receive a waiver. Exceptions to the required GPA and ACT scores are possible if requirements are border line and the Director of Student Enrollment approves the school counselor’s exception request. Only certain courses are eligible for exceptions based on TBR policy. Contact the Director of Student Enrollment at to discuss or submit exception requests.

In an effort to support the secondary school redesign initiative uniting university path and career/technical education (CTE) students to attain one common diploma and to participate in postsecondary education while in high school, Roane State has reassessed admission requirements for some courses in the A.A.S. Programs of Study. These courses require a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and a recommendation from the school counselor or high school teacher.

Counselors are highly encouraged to identify CTE students who are capable and likely to be motivated in the dual studies courses since academic standards have been adjusted. The college does not want to set students up for failure. Counselor and/or teacher recommendations for dual studies enrollment are helpful to the college and beneficial for the success students, including those enrolled in CTE classes. Do not hesitate to access the Roane State Counseling and Career Center to assist students in career exploration.

All Tennessee resident high school juniors and seniors are eligible for lottery money set aside for dual studies students. The Rules and Procedures for the TN Dual Enrollment Grant are posted in on the College Pays Web site at

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