Dual Credit Program at Lincoln University
Interested in getting a head start on your college education while you're still in high school? Lincoln University of Missouri offers a robust dual credit program, carefully developed to ensure that the dual credit classes taught in high schools align with key requirements of Lincoln's curriculum.
Find more information about dual credit courses below.
In a dual credit course, you can earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual credit classes are always taught by high school instructors and are held at high schools.
You save money. Courses taken through Lincoln University's Dual Credit Program cost less than they would as part of your typical undergraduate tuition.
You prepare for college. Dual credit courses provide you with an opportunity to experience rigorous, college-level coursework and ready yourself for the more challenging academics you'll face as an undergraduate student at Lincoln.
In both AP courses and dual credit courses, you can earn college credits. However, in an AP course, you must pass a single national exam at the conclusion of the course. If you don't receive a high enough grade on that test, you do not receive college credit.
Furthermore, instructors of AP classes are not required to have any special qualifications to teach an AP class, and some colleges do not award credit for an AP course exam, even if you score high on the exam.
In a dual credit course, though, you are evaluated on your entire performance in the course, with credit awarded for the successful completion of all coursework—not just a grade on a single standardized exam.
Instructors of dual credit courses for the Lincoln University Dual Credit Program must meet the same requirements demanded of all faculty at Lincoln University. Course credits earned in Lincoln University dual credit courses are guaranteed to be accepted at Lincoln University, and courses fall under the same guidelines for credit transferability as any other college course offered in public and independent institutions in the state of Missouri.
As outlined by the Missouri Department of Higher Education:
- Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) are automatically eligible for dual credit.
- Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (on a 4.0 scale) must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal or guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
- Students in the 10th grade must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal and guidance counselor, and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
- Students in the 9th grade must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), score at or above the 90th percentile on the ACT or SAT, provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal and guidance counselor, and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
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