High School Dual Enrollment

Our dual enrollment cohort programs, in which eligible New Jersey high school students take college courses for credit, help students accumulate college credits early and at a substantial cost savings. When the high school teachers teach a three credit WP college course to New Jersey high school students, the cost is $300. In comparison, a three credit course at WP normally costs $1,368. High schools can organize cohorts by selecting from three dual enrollment program models. As an added benefit, students who successfully complete our dual enrollment program receive guaranteed conditional admission to William Paterson University.

Fall 2024 Cohort Application Available September 1st! 

High school dual enrollment students may be eligible for a one-time scholarship of $1000 dollars if they:

  • take 6 or more credits as a WP high school dual enrollment student; 
  • achieve a grade of C or higher in their WP dual enrollment courses;
  • graduate high school; and
  • apply and enroll at WP as a freshman.

Admissions Criteria:  

  • For cohort programs through the high school, the school district is responsible for identifying eligible students for each course being offered for college credit and ensuring these students are able to manage college-level course work. The GPA requirements are 3.25 and above for high school juniors and 3.0 and above for high school seniors.  High achieving high school sophomores may be eligible, at the school district's discretion.
  • All students taking dual enrollment courses individually, and not part of a cohort program, require a teacher, principal, or school counselor letter of recommendation.  GPA requirements are 3.25 and above for juniors and 3.0 for seniors.  Placement testing may be required for certain courses.  Individual dual enrollment students should contact The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@wpunj.edu or 973-720-2125.  

Important Deadlines for School Districts and Cohort Programs:

  • Course outline and high school teacher resume submissions for the 2024-2025 academic year: May 1, 2024.
  • Application: Fall/full year courses- September 30th.  Spring- January 30th.
  • Registration (including parental consent form submission): Fall/full year courses- October 15th.  Spring- February 15th.
  • Withdrawals: Fall/full year courses- October 30th.  Spring- March 5th.
  • Payment: Fall/full year courses- November 15th.  Spring- March 15th. (Failure to pay the tuition bill by the deadline may prevent students from accessing their official transcripts and/or from being registered for any future courses at William Paterson)
  • **All individual dual enrollment students or students taking courses on the WP campus will adhere to the William Paterson University Semester Calendars deadlines**

Our 2024-2025 High School Partners:

Check with your high school to see which courses are part of the William Paterson University dual enrollment program and ask them how to sign up.

  • Bergen County Technical Schools
    • Bergen Academies
    • Bergen County Institutes for Science & Technology @ NVRHS
    • Bergen Technical High School @ Teterboro
  • Bloomfield High School
  • Butler High School
  • Central Jersey College Prep
  • Dover High School
  • Fort Lee High School
  • Hamilton Township School District
    • Hamilton High School West
    • Nottingham High School
    • Steinert High School
  • Kearny High School
  • Kinnelon High School
  • Manville High School
  • Mountain Lakes High School
  • Mount Olive High School
  • Palmyra High School
  • Pascack Valley Regional School District
    • Pascack Hills High School
    • Pascack Valley High School
  • Passaic Public Schools
    • Passaic High School
    • Passaic Preparatory Academy
    • Passaic Academy of Science & Engineering
  • Passaic County Technical Institute 
  • Paterson Public Schools
    • John F. Kennedy Educational Complex
    • John F. Kennedy STEM Academy
    • Eastside High School
    • Rosa Parks High School
  • Pequannock High School
  • Ridge High School
  • Union Catholic High School
  • Union City High School
  • Wayne Township Public Schools
    • Wayne Hills High School
    • Wayne Valley High School

Contact Information:

  • For more information about high school dual enrollment cohort programs, please contact: 
    Name Position Email Phone
    General Inquiries dualenrollment@wpunj.edu
    Dr. Patrick Noonan Director of Transfer Programs and Special Sessions noonanp@wpunj.edu (973) 720-3080
    Cindy McCann  Assistant Director Mccannc7@wpunj.edu  (973) 720-3605 
    Eileen Hayes Program Assistant Hayese6@wpunj.edu (973) 720- 4073


  • Individual high school students who wish to take university classes can find more information via our Transfer Programs and Special Sessions webpage OR call (973) 720-2125 and ask to speak to an admissions counselor.