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Middle College (Dual Credit)

The Columbiana Campuses of Kent State University (KSU at East Liverpool & KSU at Salem) are pleased to offer your high school students an opportunity to begin their college experience as early as their freshman year!

How the Program Works

The Middle College Program offers college level courses to groups of students at your high school. Taught by professors certified by their discipline’s department, Middle College classes allow students to gain knowledge, experience, and skills usually unavailable to them until after high school graduation.  Professors are chosen in one of two ways. The first way is that a KSU professor is assigned to teach at your location. In this scenario, a teacher from your high school is also in the classroom and acts as a partner in the education process. The second way is to have one of your current teachers certified to teach college level work. Regardless of who teaches the class, rigorous standards are in place to ensure that students receive the same material as they would get in a college classroom and are evaluated by the same criteria by which all college students are judged. The Middle College Program is designed with flexibility in mind. We will work with your district to offer the best mix of courses for your student body.

Student Requirements

Because the Middle College Program is unique to your district, we will work with you to set the requirements for student admission into the program. For example, districts that plan to offer courses that require high levels of critical thinking skills (e.g., English, Philosophy, Chemistry) may want to limit enrollment to honor’s level students. Districts that want to offer more technically-based courses (e.g., Basic Computer Skills, Web Design) may want to offer the program to students who show aptitude, regardless of overall academic record. We have streamlined the application process for students enrolled in this program. Each student enrolled must complete:

  • PSEO Program Application Form
  • Parental Permission Form 
  • Principal or Counselor Recommendation Form
  • Students will not be required to submit ACT/SAT scores or take the University’s COMPASS
Benefits to Your District

There are many benefits to your school district, including: 

  • Exposing students to college level work as early as their first year of high school
  • Can be used to attract students to your district during open enrollment periods
  • Positive publicity to the school district
  • Opportunities for your teachers who hold Master’s degrees to be certified to teach college level courses and receive tuition waivers for post-Master’s work

To sign up or for more information about this exciting and innovative opportunity for your students, please contact:

East Liverpool

Donald Bean
PSEO Coordinator
330-382-7414
dbean3@kent.edu