Why take early entry/dual credit?

There are many reasons to pursue early entry and dual credit courses as a high school student. Below are just a few of the positive reasons to jump-start your college academic career while in high school:

  • It’s Cheaper!- Students who take early entry and dual credit courses often receive a reduced rate of tuition. Taking college courses while still in high school allows you to have reduced student debt upon graduating with a 2- or 4-year degree.
  • You can try out careers.- Many students start college not knowing what they want to do when they graduate. This reality often results in those students changing their majors 2 or 3 times before graduating. Being able to try courses and potential career pathways reduces your likelihood of changing majors and increases your chance of graduating on time and with less student debt!
  • You can experience college first hand.- Transitioning from high school into college is intimidating. By taking courses in high school, students can utilize their current support systems and experience what a college courses require. This experience sets students up for success and a much easier transition!
  • You are more likely to graduate! – Studies have found that students who complete college courses before graduating high school are significantly more likely to graduate from college.

Early Entry

Early entry classes are classes you take at DSU or online for college credit and are taught by DSU faculty. You might be able to also earn high school credit, but that is up to your high school, so check with your guidance counselor.

Interested? Here’s what to do:

  • Before enrolling, we highly recommend you check with the college or university you want to attend to make sure the course credits will transfer the way you hope they will. All early entry classes will transfer, but they might only be counted as elective credits. This is more likely if you’re looking at a private school or a college or university outside North Dakota.

Questions? Call our Academic Records office at 701-483-2331.

  • Create an admissions account.
  • Fill out the application for admission on your admissions account.
    • Use the code “DSUEarly” to apply for free!
  • Fill out and email the Early Entry Form. A parent or guardian must sign the form to give you permission to enroll in the course and to accept financial responsibility.
  • To get enrolled in early entry classes, you must attend a New Student Registration session. Please register here.

This process must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Your admissions recruiter and professional academic advisor are available to help you with the process. Please call or text 701-354-2928 or 701-401-8792.

Immunizations

If you are a new student taking classes on the DSU campus, the North Dakota University System requires that you provide documentation of immunity* for the following:

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    • Evidence of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine no less than 28 days apart from a licensed provider or authorized representative of a state or local health department; (b) proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps, and rubella; or (c) proof of date of birth prior to 1957.
  • Meningitis (MCV4)
    • Evidence of at least one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 16 or older.

*Any individual who chooses to apply for an exemption from the immunization requirements should notify the Office of Admissions. Please note, those who have submitted a waiver may be required to stay off campus, including exclusion from campus activities, in the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease until the danger is over.

Textbooks

You and/or your parents or guardians are responsible for getting your textbook(s). You can either buy them at the DSU Bookstore in our Student Center or order them online through the DSU Bookstore.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I access my early entry course(s)?
    • You can access them by logging into the DSU Blackboard system. You will receive access to Blackboard at New Student Registration. Your courses won’t show up there until the first day of school.
  • How many early entry courses may I take?
    • Talk to your high school guidance counselor or teacher about class availability and course limits.
  • May I use DSU facilities while enrolled as an early entry student?
    • Yes! While you are taking college courses through DSU, you enjoy the same privileges as all our students. You may use the computer labs, the library, and attend all DSU events free of charge with your student ID.
  • What courses can I take?
    • You may enroll in any 100- or 200-level course. Some classes require pre-requisite courses or placement tests to qualify.

For more information, please contact DSU Admissions by calling or texting 701-354-4332.

High School “High Fliers” Scholarship

The High School “High Fliers” Scholarship is available to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The scholarship waives a percentage of tuition so that the per credit cost to students does not exceed the subsidized dual credit tuition rate for early entry courses taken via DSUlive™ or online. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA as proven by submission of an official in-progress high school transcript. The “High Fliers” Scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in DSU coursework and is pursuing their education as a high school student. Upon completion of a GED or High School Diploma, students may apply for other scholarship or awards programs at DSU to receive aid.

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Dual Credit

Dual credit classes are classes you take at your high school and are taught by a high school teacher. You will earn both high school and college credit with these classes.

Interested? Here’s what to do:

  • Before enrolling, we highly recommend you check with the college or university you want to attend to make sure the course credits will transfer the way you hope they will. All dual credit classes will transfer, but they might only be counted as elective credits. This is more likely if you’re looking at a private school or a college or university outside North Dakota.

Questions? Call our Academic Records office at 701-483-2331.

  • A DSU Admissions team member will be in your high school classroom at the beginning of each semester (Fall – August/September, Spring – January/February) to help you:
  • Fill out the Dual Credit Course Registration Form then turn it in to your high school teacher. A parent or guardian must sign the form to give you permission to enroll in the course and to show they understand the course has tuition and fees.

When your high school teacher has received all the forms from the class, they will submit them to our Admissions office.

Textbooks

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

Financial Aid

You can apply for financial aid through the Bank of North Dakota (BND). BND allows you to enroll in two college courses per school year for free if you:

  • Are a current sophomore, junior, or senior attending a North Dakota high school,
  • Have received authorization from your high school to take the dual credit course,
  • Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and
  • Turn in the financial aid application to BND during the course enrollment process.

Do you meet all four of these? If you do, go ahead and fill out this Dual Credit Assistance Application.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my high school have dual credit classes?
    • It’s different each semester. Talk with your high school guidance counselor or teacher about your interest in our dual credit program. Courses are also available online if not offered in your school.

  • May I use DSU facilities while enrolled as a dual credit student?
    • Yes! While you are taking college courses through DSU, you enjoy the same privileges as all our students. You may use the computer labs, the library, and attend all DSU events free of charge with your student ID.

For more information, please contact DSU Admissions by calling or texting 701-354-2614.

Forms and Information for High School Teachers

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Test Scores

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Higher Learning Commission Criteria

Handbooks and Templates

Dickinson High School Partnership and Tuition Agreement

The Dickinson High School partnership and tuition agreement helps facilitate DHS career academies and DSU’s dual mission. Recognized in 2021 with the Governor’s Award for System Transformation, this partnership affords DHS students the option to pursue dual credit, early entry, and/or traditional high school courses on the DSU campus. DHS students who have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher qualify for tuition assistance that reduces the cost per credit to approximately the subsidized dual credit rate for up to 3 credits a semester. This program is supported by Dickinson Public Schools, Dickinson State University, and the DSU Heritage Foundation.