Concurrent Enrollment Programs

The goal of Western's Concurrent Enrollment Program is to create a clear pathway between high school and college. Through this program, students can begin their college career before high school graduation by taking a course for both high school and college credit. Students can enroll in Western courses on campus or in their high schools, at a reduced tuition rate.

Concurrent Enrollment Courses On Western's Campus 
  • This program provides the opportunity for qualified high school students to enroll in a course on Western's campus in Gunnison.
  • Available to qualified 9th -12th grade students who are under 21 years of age.
  • Students must meet course requirements and prerequisites to enroll.
  • Concurrent Enrollment courses are offered at the reduced tuition rate of $100/credit. Your school district determines the number courses for which they will pay tuition. Please check with your school for these details.
  • Students must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. This stipend pays a portion of the tuition ($85/credit). If students do not apply for the COF stipend, they will be billed $85/credit.
  • Students should meet with their high school counselor to determine eligibility and to select courses from the on-campus Western course offerings.
 
Concurrent Enrollment Courses Offered in the High School
  • This program provides qualified students the opportunity to take Western courses in the high school.
  • These courses are taught by qualified high school instructors approved as Western adjunct faculty.
  • Enrollment is open to 9th -12th grade students in participating high schools.
  • Students who successfully complete a CE course receive both both high school and college credit.
  • Tuition for our college-level courses is $0/credit, which began in the Fall of 2018. It is $50/credit for our remedial courses (Eng 099, Math 098, Math 099).
  • Students must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend. This stipend pays a portion of the tuition ($85/credit). If students do not apply for the COF stipend, they will be billed $85/credit.
  • Students should meet with their high school counselor to determine eligibility for CE courses offered in their high school.

New Concurrent Enrollment Students on Western's Campus

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

Meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine whether you are eligible to take a CE course. You must show that you meet the criteria established by your high school and receive approval from your high school guidance counselor prior to applying for admission at Western. Your high school guidance counselor will help you to do the following:

  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course
  • Schedule an Accuplacer, if needed to meet course prerequisites
  • Complete our Concurrent Enrollment application and registration form (SASID, DOB and SSN required)
  • Check to make sure you have completed and submitted all required pieces of the process

For homeschooled students, Chrissie Nehrenberg will serve as your Western contact and advisor for the registration process. Chrissie can be reached at 970.943.2034 or cnehrenberg@western.edu. Please set up a time to meet with Chrissie so she can assist with the process above. 

Note: High school and homeschooled students cannot self-register. Self-registration causes an error in the billing process (resulting in higher tuition charges). Please follow the process provided by your school!

Step 2 – Complete your registration form.

Your guidance counselor will help you to complete your registration form. A finalized form must have your guidance counselor's signature, your guardian's signature, a school district signature, and the course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. Once complete, the form should be returned to your guidance counselor. Your guidance counselor will attach your high school transcript, along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through the high school counselor. 

If you are a homeschooled student, Chrissie Nehrenberg will manage the submission of your application and registration form. If you need this form, please email Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu.

Step 3 - Apply for admission.

The application and registration process is a secure method used for collecting and transmitting the personal information required for admission to Western. The information is used to build your Western student account. The application and registration form requests the following information: 

  • Name (use the name as stated on your school records)
  • birth date
  • full address  
  • permanent and cell phone numbers
  • email address
  • SSN (important for COF)
  • SASID (required for matching your COF account)
  • high school
  • application term
  • emergency contact information
  • gender, race, and ethnicity
 

Much of the above information is used to match your Western student account to your Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) account so that your tuition stipend can be applied.   ​

Step 4 - Set up your Western account.

Once your Online Application is complete and your registration materials have been processed by Western, a registration confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided us in your Online Application. This email will provide you with instructions for setting up your Western account. It is important to set up your account so you can begin using your Western email address, and so that you can log in to check your grades and other registration information (the same login is used for all Western services). Your Western email address is University’s official method of communication with you as a new Western student! If you have any trouble setting up your Western account, please contact IT Services at 970.943.3333.

Step 5 - Confirm your enrollment.

Now that you have accessed your Western account, you need to confirm that your enrollment and registration form match. To see your course enrollments, click the black Current Students button in the top menu, and then Click My Western. This page will prompt you to log in. From the main menu, click Student & Financial Aid Menu, and then click Registration. The Student Detail Schedule will show you all of your course registration information, and you can even print a schedule. If you have an issue with the enrollment listed on your Western account, contact the Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu

Step 6 - Enroll in the College Opportunity Fund.

If you are taking a college-level course (not a remedial course), you MUST complete your College Opportunity Fund (COF) application by following these steps:

  • Go to https://cof.college-assist.org/ 
  • Click the “Apply Now” button, and complete the online application. You must have your correct Social Security Number and birth date to apply. If you do not have a SSN, you can request an alternate C number to use during this application process. If you use a C number, please email it to cnehrenberg@western.edu so that we can use it to match up your accounts.
The COF stipend pays $85 per credit for your tuition.  
** You only need to apply for your COF stipend once. If you completed this process in a prior semester, do not repeat the process.
** If you do not correctly complete the COF application, you will be billed $85 per credit for each course you take this semester. If you have any trouble, ask your counselor for help or call Chrissie Nehrenberg at 970.943.2034.

Step 7 - Attend new student orientation.

New student orientation is a fun and informative way to learn about Western Colorado University and the resources available to you to help you on your educational path. Concurrent enrollment students and parents are encouraged to attend. Contact Chrissie Nehrenberg for more information: cnehrenberg@western.edu

Returning Concurrent Enrollment Students on Western's Campus

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

Meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine whether you are eligible to take a CE course. You must show that you meet the criteria established by your high school and receive approval from your high school guidance counselor prior to applying for admission at Western. Your high school guidance counselor will help you to do the following:

  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course
  • Schedule an Accuplacer, if needed to meet course prerequisites
  • Complete our Concurrent Enrollment online application and Concurrent Enrollment registration form (SASID, DOB and SSN required)
  • Check to make sure you have completed and submitted all required pieces of the process

Step 2 - Complete your registration form.

Your guidance counselor will help you to complete your registration form. A finalized form must have your guidance counselor's signature, your guardian's signature, a school district signature, and the course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. Once complete, the form should be returned to your guidance counselor. Your guidance counselor will attach your high school transcript, along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through the high school counselor. 

If you need a registration form, please email Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu

Step 3 - Confirm your enrollment.

Since you are a returning student, you hopefully know how to access your Western accounts. Now you need to confirm that your enrollment and registration form match. To see your course enrollments, click the black Current Students button in the top menu, and then Click My Western. This page will prompt you to log in. From the main menu, click Student & Financial Aid Menu, and then click Registration. The Student Detail Schedule will show you all of your course registration information, and you can even print a schedule. If you have an issue with the enrollment listed on your Western account, contact the Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu

New Concurrent Enrollment Students, Taking Courses In Your High School

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

The first step you'll take in this process is to meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine whether you are eligible to take a CE course. You must show that you meet the criteria established by your high school and receive approval from your high school guidance counselor prior to applying for admission to Western. Your high school guidance counselor will help you to do the following:
  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course
  • Schedule an Accuplacer, if needed to meet course prerequisites
  • Check to make sure you have completed and submitted all required pieces of the process

Step 2 - Complete your application and registration form.

Your guidance counselor will help you to complete your application and registration form. A finalized form must be completely complete. It must have your guidance counselor's signature, your guardian's signature, a school district signature, and the course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. Once complete, the form should be returned to your guidance counselor. Your guidance counselor will attach your high school transcript, along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through your high school counselor. 

Step 3 - Set up your Western account.

Once your application and registration materials have been processed by Western, a registration confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided us in your Online Application. This email will provide you with instructions for setting up your Western account. It is important to set up your account so you can begin using your Western email address, and so that you can log in to check your grades and other registration information (the same login is used for all Western services). This is the University’s official method of communication with you as a new Western student. If you have any trouble setting up your Western account, please contact IT Services at 970.943.3333.

Step 4 - Confirm your enrollment.

Now that you have accessed your Western account, you need to confirm that your enrollment and registration form match. To see your course enrollments, click Current Students in the top menu. This will prompt you to log in. From the main menu, click Student & Financial Aid Menu, and then click Registration. The Student Detail Schedule will show you all of your course registration information, and you can even print a schedule. If you have an issue with the enrollment listed on your Western account, contact the Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu

Step 5 - Enroll in the College Opportunity Fund (COF).

If you are taking a college-level course (not a remedial course), you MUST complete your College Opportunity Fund (COF) application by following these steps:

  • Go to https://cof.college-assist.org/ 
  • Click the “Apply Now” button, and complete the online application. You must have your correct Social Security Number and birth date to apply. If you do not have an SSN, you can request an alternate C number to use during this application process. If you use a C number, please send it to cnehrenberg@western.edu. We will use this number to match your COF and Western account so that your funding is properly applied!

The COF stipend pays $85 per credit for your tuition.  
** You only need to apply for your COF stipend once. If you completed this process in a prior semester, do not repeat the process.
** If you do not correctly complete the COF application, you will be billed $83 per credit for each course you take this semester. 

Returning Concurrent Enrollment Students, Taking Courses In Your High School

Step 1 - Meet with your high school guidance counselor.

The first step you'll take in this process is to meet with your high school guidance counselor to determine whether you are eligible to take a CE course. You must show that you meet the criteria established by your high school and receive approval from your high school guidance counselor prior to applying for admission to Western. Your high school guidance counselor will help you to do the following:
  • Determine your eligibility for taking a specific course
  • Schedule an Accuplacer, if needed to meet course prerequisites
  • Check to make sure you have completed and submitted all required pieces of the process

Step 2 - Complete your application and registration form.

Your guidance counselor will help you to complete your application and registration form. A finalized form must be completely complete! It must have your guidance counselor's signature, your guardian's signature, a school district signature, and the course(s) you wish to enroll in for the semester. Once complete, the form should be returned to your guidance counselor. Your guidance counselor will attach your high school transcript, along with the required test scores needed to fulfill course prerequisites. All documents will be submitted to Western through your high school counselor. 

Step 3 - Confirm your enrollment.

Now that you have accessed your Western account, you need to confirm that your enrollment and registration form match. To see your course enrollments, click Current Students in the top menu. This will prompt you to log in. From the main menu, click Student & Financial Aid Menu, and then click Registration. The Student Detail Schedule will show you all of your course registration information, and you can even print a schedule. If you have an issue with the enrollment listed on your Western account, contact the Chrissie Nehrenberg: cnehrenberg@western.edu

Western has more than 30 high school adjunct faculty teaching Concurrent Enrollment courses all over the state! We love our high school teachers! This program would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our high school teachers. We currently offer Concurrent Enrollment courses in English, History, Political Science, Art, Math, Exercise Science, Biology, and Music. 

If you are interested in teaching a Western Concurrent Enrollment course, you must either currently meet the minimum qualifications for adjunct faculty as determined by the Higher Learning Commission (the HLC). For most courses, that means you must:

  • Have a master's degree or higher in the discipline

OR

  • ​Have a master's degree or higher in a discipline other than that in which you teach, PLUS 18 graduate credits in the discipline in which you teach

​If you do not meet either of these minimum qualifications, we can still consider taking you on board if you are committed to a professional development plan for earning the required credits. Please contact Chrissie Nehrenberg to talk through these options: cnehrenberg@western.edu or 970.943.2034

If you are interested in teaching with us, please take the following steps:

  • Contact Chrissie Nehrenberg to express your interest and to discuss your qualifications: cnehrenberg@western.edu or 970.943.2034
  • Complete our Concurrent Enrollment online teacher application here. You will need to include undergraduate and graduate transcripts in this application process.

The Director of Concurrent Enrollment will forward your application documents to the appropriate academic department at Western for review. The Director of CE will notify you and your high school counselor or principal with the department's approval. If you are approved and you and your school decided to offer the new Western CE course, you will be required to attend a training with your new Western faculty mentor. There is an intensive training period before and during the first semester in which you offer your CE course, and you will earn 3 500-level graduate credits in Education for successfully completing this training. 

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