Dual Credit – Courses At Your High School

Dickinson State works with high schools in North Dakota to offer students the opportunity to take high school classes for college credit. These classes are offered on your high school campus and provide you an opportunity to get a jumpstart on general education college courses.

If you are interested in taking college courses while in high school the first step is to talk with your high school guidance counselor. Let them know you are interested in taking DSU courses to earn both college and high school credit. 

The majority of courses are three credits. The cost of dual credit varies per credit hour. Please visit our tuition page for more information.

Typically, for courses taught by high school instructors, your high school will provide any necessary textbooks.

The Bank of North Dakota provides financial assistance to pay for up to two dual credit courses per school year if you meet the following qualifications:

  • Are a current sophomore, junior or senior attending a North Dakota high school,
  • Receive authorization from your high school to take the approved dual credit course,
  • Qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and
  • Submit an application for assistance to BND during the course enrollment process.

Complete this Dual Credit Assistance Application if you meet these criteria. 

Early Entry – Dickinson High School (DHS) Students

In 2020, Dickinson High School and Dickinson State University signed a memorandum of understanding to expand opportunities for qualified high school students to take courses on the Dickinson State University campus.

Students must register for qualified classes through DHS and be approved for enrollment.

Eligible students will take classes on the DSU campus.The North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit, including fees, for 2020-21 is $317.68. Under this agreement, for the 2020-21 academic year DHS will pay $167 per credit and the DSU-Heritage Foundation will provide a scholarship for $80 per credit for up to three credits per semester. This means that a DHS student who enrolls through this program will pay only $68.54. An average class is 3 credit hours.

Textbooks can either be purchased at DSU’s University Store or ordered online through the University Store. Students will need to attend new student orientation which is held in August and January. Textbooks must be purchased before class begins.

Eligibility to Receive DSUHF and DPS Scholarships

Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or receive administrative referral to be eligible for the DSUHF and DPS scholarships. An ACT English score of 18 (to enroll in Composition I and II) and an ACT Math score of 25 to enroll in College Algebra and Pre-Calculus) is also required. To be eligible to renew these scholarships each semester, students must receive a C or better in DSU courses they have previously completed.

Early Entry – Courses At Dickinson State (Not DHS)

High school students who are in their junior or senior year may apply to take courses on the DSU campus as early entry students. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average and an ACT score of 18 or higher.

Students must register for courses and attend new student orientation which is held in August and January.

The majority of courses are three credits. These credits are charged the North Dakota resident rate. Please visit our tuition page for more information.

Eligibility to Receive DSUHF Scholarship

The DSU Heritage Foundation will provide a scholarship for $80 per credit for up to three credits per semester to qualified students.

Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA to be eligible for the DSUHF scholarship. An ACT English score of 18 (to enroll in Composition I and II) and an ACT Math score of 25 (to enroll in College Algebra and Pre-Calculus) is also required. To be eligible to renew this scholarship each semester, students must receive a C or better in DSU courses they have previously taken.

How To Apply

  1. First time applicants to Dickinson State should Create a VIP Page and click on the blue “apply now button” OR apply through the North Dakota Education Portal on PowerSchool.
  2. The $35 application fee is waived. Use the code “DSUERE”
  3. Submit the Early Entry Form. This form includes a Principal/Guidance Counselor signature and a parent/guardian signature indicating permission to enroll in the course.
  4. Submit the Non-Degree Form. This form indicates the student will earn college credit, but not complete a full degree program. More information about Non-Degree is found here.

How Classes Transfer

DSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits will transfer without difficulty. All institutions within the North Dakota University System will accept any course approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA).

  1. Approved Early Entry courses meet standards for credit at Dickinson State University and at other schools in the North Dakota University System.
  2. It is highly recommended for students to confirm transferability with receiving colleges and universities prior to enrolling in early entry courses.

Textbooks

For courses taught by college faculty, it is the responsibility of the student and/or their parents/guardians to acquire the proper textbook. Textbooks can either be purchased at DSU’s University Store or ordered online through the University Store.

Transfer Of Credit

Classes taken through Dickinson State University, dual credit or early entry, will appear on your official Dickinson State University transcript.

DSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits will transfer without difficulty.

All institutions within the North Dakota University System will accept any course approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA).

Approved Dual Credit and Early Entry courses meet standards for credit at Dickinson State University and at other schools in the North Dakota University System.