Dual Credit

Dickinson State University offers dual credit opportunities for high school students to take classes at their high school to earn both high school credit and college credit. Dual credit courses are typically taught by a high school instructor, at their respective high school.

To enroll in a dual credit course:

  • Create a VIP page on the DSU website.
  • Complete the application for admission on your VIP page.
    • The above steps are completed with the assistance of a DSU Admissions Office team member in the high school classroom at the beginning of each semester (Fall – August/September, Spring – January/February).
  • Submit the Dual Credit Course Registration Form to your high school teacher. This form requires a parent/guardian signature indicating permission to enroll in the course, and recognizing there are tuition and fees associated with enrollment. When your High School teacher has received all forms from the class, they will submit the forms to the DSU Admissions Office.

Transfer of Dual Credit Course Work

  • DSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits, that are approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA), will transfer to any North Dakota University System institution. If you would like to know if your class is approved by GERTA, please contact your DSU Advisor at 701-401-8792.
  • Approved Dual Credit courses meet standards for credit at Dickinson State University and at other schools in the North Dakota University System.
  • It is highly recommended that students confirm transferability of credits with receiving colleges and universities prior to enrolling in DSU’s dual credit courses.

Textbooks

Typically, for courses taught by high school instructors, the student’s high school will provide any necessary textbooks.

Financial Aid

Families who desire financial assistance can apply through the Bank of North Dakota (BND). The Bank of North Dakota allows students to enroll in two college courses per school year for free if they meet the following qualifications.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a current sophomore, junior or senior attending a North Dakota high school.
  • Receive authorization from their high school to take the approved Dual Credit course.
  • Qualify for free or reduced price lunch.
  • Submit an application for assistance to BND during the course enrollment process. Complete this Dual Credit Assistance Application if you meet these criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does my high school participate in Dual Credit?
    • Participation varies by semester. Talk with your high school guidance counselor/teacher about your interest in the DSU’s dual credit program. Courses are also available online if not offered in your school.

  • Can I take a class from DSU and not receive high school credit?
    • Yes, students may take college courses while in high school without requesting credit from their high school for the courses they take at DSU. High school students need approval from an administrator to take college courses. More information about these courses can be found in the Early Entry section of this page.

  • 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 granted to all DSU students. You may use the DSU computer labs and library and you are also welcome to attend all DSU events free of charge with your student ID.

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

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Early Entry

Dickinson State University offers early entry opportunities for high school students to take DSU classes on-campus or online for college credit. Early entry courses are taught by DSU faculty.  Students may receive high school credit for taking early entry courses at DSU at the discretion of their high school.

To enroll in an Early Entry Course:

  • Create a VIP page on the DSU website.
  • Complete the application for admission on your VIP page.
    • Use the code “DSUEarly” to apply for free!
  • Submit the Early Entry Form. This form requires a parent/guardian signature indicating permission to enroll in the course and acknowledgement of financial obligation.
  • If you will be taking classes on the DSU campus, the North Dakota University System requires that new students provide documentation of immunity for the following:
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    • (a) 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.
  • To get enrolled in early entry classes, students must attend a New Student Orientation session. Please register here.
  • This process must be completed prior to the first day of classes on DSU campus. Your admissions recruiter and professional academic advisor are available to assist you with completing the process. Please call or text: 701-354-2928 or 701-401-8792.

Transfer of Early Entry Course Work

  • DSU is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As a result of this accreditation, course credits, that are approved by the General Education Transfer Agreement (GERTA), will transfer to any North Dakota University System institution. If you would like to know if your class is approved by GERTA, please contact your DSU Advisor at 701-401-8792.
  • Approved early entry courses meet standards for credit at Dickinson State University and at other schools in the North Dakota University System.
  • It is highly recommended that students confirm transferability with receiving colleges and universities prior to enrolling in DSU’s 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 picked up at the DSU Bookstore in DSU’s Student Center or ordered online through the DSU Bookstore.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I access my early entry course(s) with DSU?
    • Students are able to access their early entry course(s) by logging into the DSU Blackboard system. You will receive access to this system at New Student Orientation, and classes appear on the DSU Blackboard system on the first day of classes.
  • How many early entry courses may I take?
    • Talk to your high school guidance counselor/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 granted to all DSU students. You may use the DSU computer labs and library and you are also welcome to 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 at DSU as an early entry student. Some courses require pre-requisite courses or placement tests to qualify.

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