Middle College

About the Middle College Program

Walters State Community College and service area school systems have partnered to provide an opportunity for highly motivated students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree and/or college credits simultaneously. The program provides a variety of learning options related to a range of careers for students who are ready to accept the challenge of college level classes. Many students will choose to simply take a few dual enrollment classes, while others will make the commitment to obtain an associate degree while in high school.

For more information on Middle College, contact the Division of High School Programs at 423.585.2642.


Middle College Application Process

Please Submit the Following:

Application Packets

Students must complete and submit a Middle College Application Packet and a Middle College Permission Form.

Middle College Application

Middle College Permission Form

Packets can also be obtained from your guidance counselor, the Coordinator of Dual Enrollment, or your respective Middle College Enrollment representative.


Middle College Scholarship

Students who meet certain eligibility requirements will have the potential to receive the Middle College Scholarship of $2,000 per semester. The application is available in the TSAC student portal at https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/tsac-student- portal.


High School Transcripts

Submit the Transcript Request to your guidance department.


Test Scores

Submit a recent ACT or SAT score (within the last three years). If you have not taken the ACT test, you are encouraged to register to take the test on one of the national test dates. Registration forms and information may be obtained from your guidance office.


Letters of Recommendation

A school-level recommendation from the high school principal and counselor must accompany the student’s Middle College Application.

Letter of Recommendation Form



Submit a one page narrative with cover sheet describing why you feel the Middle College Program is right for you and how you intend to manage the rigor of college level coursework. Include your career goals as well as a descrip­tion of your current extra-curricular activities, employment and/or your degree program of interest. Use a cover sheet which includes your name, address, phone number where you may be contacted, and your social security number.


Next Steps

When your dual enrollment program application file is complete, the Director of K12 Partnerships and Teaching Centers will review your submission and process your application.

Once your application is approved, you will be informed of your acceptance into the Middle College program. At that time, an advising appointment will be scheduled to meet with the Director of K12 Partnerships and Teaching Centers . If you have any questions, please call 423.585.6989.

Middle College students are required to meet with the Director of K12 Partnerships and Teaching Centers twice per semester to ensure you remain on target to obtain your degree. 




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What is the Eligibility Criteria for Middle College?

Students must have completed the sophomore year in high school. Students must have a letter grade of “B” or a numerical average of “88” or a minimum high school un-weighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an ACT Composite of 21. Students must be recommended by the high school principal and counselor. Students must provide their own transportation. Students need to demonstrate the maturity to cope with the freedom of a college campus.

What are the advantages of Middle College?

Get a head start on college by enrolling in dual enrollment courses. Receive an associate degree along with a high school diploma. Explore a variety of careers and opportunities, including mentoring by college students, counseling services, tutoring, clubs, and recreation. Enjoy the benefits of small class size and intergenerational learning. Potential to receive the dual enrollment grant to help pay for tuition costs.

What is the Cost?

Tuition costs will be based on the current tuition schedule determined by the Tennessee Board of Regents in July of each year. Textbooks may be purchased new or used, or may be rented through the Walters State Bookstore.

Middle College Scholarship



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