Dual Credit Opportunities

Become a dual enrollment student and earn high school and college credit at the same time. Dual enrollment classes enable students to accelerate their education while paying a reduced cost per credit. Plus, students who enter college with several credits may be able to graduate early or have the time to enhance their college experience with a second major, minor, study abroad program or extra-curricular opportunities.

In dual credit classes, students take college courses alongside college students and will discover what college coursework is like. For many students, this eases the transition from high school to college. Most in-state colleges accept dual credit courses for credit, provided students meet a certain grade standard. Unlike AP classes, you won’t have to take a test to gain college credit.

Getting Started

  • Fill out the Online Application Form. Classes are offered by South Dakota State University.
  • Submit the permission form signed by a parent and school official, vaccination records, and your high school transcript. Include your ACT or other scores if required for eligibility or placement in your desired classes.
  • Set up your student accounts according to the instructions you received from SDSU. Pay tuition, and buy the required books and supplies by the first day of class.
  • Students must have up-to-date immunizations to enroll in dual-credit classes. An immunization form (SDSU) along with proof of two MMR vaccinations will need to be provided.

Tips for Success

College classes require a time commitment. For each hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two hours outside of class each week on preparation or homework. For the typical three-credit-hour class, this means a total of nine hours each week spent studying or in class. Students can enroll in as many as three courses each semester. Use this form to add or drop a class. Remember, dual credit courses are calculated into your high school GPA.

College classes require a monetary commitment. Tuition is due by the first day of class and dual credit students do not qualify for financial aid. Keep in mind that you will also be required to purchase textbooks and supplies. Scholarships exist for dual credit students for the fall in spring semesters.