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The CARE Dual Enrollment Program at UDC-Community College

The UDC Community College CARE Dual Enrollment Program is a special undergraduate program that provides pre-college students with the opportunity to earn college credits early, at no cost. Our students prepare for college by experiencing it firsthand!


  • Earn credits toward college graduation
  • Collaborate with college peers
  • Communicate effectively with college faculty
  • Plan for college and career
  • Access UDC student resources and CARE Program transition resources and services


  • Must be enrolled in a DC public or DC public charter school that partners with the UDC-CC CARE Program*
  • Must be enrolled in high school (9th-12th grade) or a GED program
  • Must take the ACCUPLACER college placement exam by the application deadline*

*The UDC-CC CARE Program partners with many DC public and DC public charter schools. A list of school partners is below.

To Apply (complete all three requirements below by the deadline):

  • ONLINE APPLICATION: Students submit an online application for the UDC-CC CARE Dual Enrollment Program. The online application link is available through our office and our school partners. Students should contact their DCPS/DCPCS school counselor or the UDC-CC CARE Program office for application instructions, questions, deadlines, and fee waivers. Note: We are unable to accept late applications.
    • To take a course in summer, the application deadline is April 15th. This application period opens on March 15th.
    • To take a course in fall, the application deadline is June 15th. This application period opens on May 15th.
    • To take a course in spring, the application deadline is October 15th. This application period opens on September 15th.
  • TRANSCRIPT: Students should send their most recent DCPS or DCPCS transcript to the CARE Program office (801 North Capitol St NE, Room 304, Washington, DC 20002), and the transcript must be received by the application deadline date.
    • Note: Only DCPS or DCPCS transcripts with the student’s mailing address will be accepted. Homeschooled students must submit an OSSE verification letter, and may also submit a transcript if available.
    • Note: A student’s counselor or parent/guardian may also submit the transcript on a student’s behalf. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline for the applicant to be considered. Note: The mailing address listed on the online application should match the student’s mailing address on the student’s school transcript. Transcripts must contain a student’s mailing address to be considered. The CARE Program currently serves DC residents only.
  • ACCUPLACER EXAM: Students must take the ACCUPLACER college placement exam by the application deadline for the applicant to be considered. The ACCUPLACER exam helps determine a student’s specific course options (i.e. whether or not he/she can take a college-level Math, Science, English, or other course). Students do not need to submit their ACCUPLACER exam scores to the CARE Program office as a part of their application.

Where can a student take the ACCUPLACER exam for the CARE Program?

  • Exams are offered several times a year at the UDC-CC (801 North Capitol St NE) campus for CARE Program applicants, approximately one month before each application deadline. These test dates are advertised to our DCPS and DCPCS partner schools each semester. Contact the CARE Program office to learn more about upcoming exam sessions.
  • A student’s DCPS or DCPCS school may also offer ACCUPLACER exam sessions for CARE Program applicants. Contact the school’s counselor or college and career center (if available), or the CARE Program office for more details.

Note: We highly recommend that students prepare for the ACCUPLACER exam before taking it by reviewing sample questions and other resources at:

Course Options:

CARE Program students take credit-bearing, college-level courses at the UDC Community College campus. The majority of students take their dual enrollment courses at the UDC-CC 801 North Capitol St NE campus site, and occasionally, students take courses at the UDC-CC Backus campus site (nearest the Fort Totten Metro station). Dual Enrollment courses count for college credit.

Students that apply to the CARE Program will have the opportunity to meet with a CARE Program college advisor after a student is accepted to the program. During this advising meeting, a student, his/her parent/guardian (if desired), and the CARE Program advisor will discuss all college course options, including what course sections are available on what days and times. Course availability and times and days vary by semester. Through the CARE Program, students can dual enroll in the following courses and elective areas:

First Year Seminar
English Composition I and II
Intermediate Algebra
General College Math I and II
Biological Science I and II
Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Public Speaking
Introduction to Logic
Computer Science/IT
Social Sciences
Beginning Spanish
Beginning French
And more!

Dual Credit: Many DCPS or DCPCS partner schools offer dual credit (i.e. high school credit for taking and earning credit in a UDC-CC course in the CARE Program). Please contact the schools or the CARE Program office for a list of dual credit course options in the CARE Program.

Notes on Transferability:

  • UDC-CC courses taken in the CARE Program will count toward UDC/UDC-CC majors (either as required or elective courses) if they choose to enroll in an Associate or Bachelor degree program at UDC/UDC-CC after DCPS/DCPCS graduation.
  • If a CARE Program student wishes to transfer college credits taken at UDC-CC to other colleges or universities, it is the responsibility of the student to 1) order an official UDC transcript after the course has finished, and 2) submit the UDC transcript to the other college or university’s Admissions or Advising representatives who will determine how UDC credits transfer (i.e. as required or core courses or as elective courses or not accepted). The CARE Program office and UDC-CC advisors can provide more guidance on credit transfer as students request it. As of 2016, the CARE Program does not currently have transfer agreements with other colleges and universities.

*The following schools partner with the UDC-CC CARE Program for dual enrollment:

District of Columbia Public Schools (includes all DCPS high schools, alternative schools, and STAY programs)
Academy of Hope PCS
Capital City PCS Upper School
Cesar Chavez PCS (Capitol Hill and Parkside)
Friendship PCS (Collegiate Academy and Tech Prep)
LAYC Career Academy PCS
LAYC The Next Step PCS
LAYC YouthBuild PCS
Maya Angelou PCS
National Collegiate Prep PCS
Paul PCS
Somerset Prep Academy PCS
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
Washington Latin PCS
Washington Math and Science Tech PCS

Additional school partnerships may be in progress, and will be updated as new partnerships are finalized.

To learn more about the CARE Program,

CARE Program Staff:

Robyn Ellis, Director of College Readiness and Community Outreach, or 202.274.5123
Nicole Savage, Program Coordinator for College Readiness, Partnerships, and Volunteers, or 202.274.7088