Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment

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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 or the option for dual enrollment. 

What is Dual Enrollment?

Taken prior to a student graduating from high school, dual enrollment classes are taken at Lincoln University and taught by university faculty. Dual enrollment can be used to satisfy both high school and undergraduate requirements similar to dual credit.  

What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit classes are always taught by high school instructors and are held at high schools. In a dual credit course, you can earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

In AP courses, dual credit and dual enrollment 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 or dual enrollment 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 and dual enrollment 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.

The links below can help you if you're looking for more information, are ready to apply for a dual credit course or want to withdraw from a dual credit course.

Contact Us!

Do you have more questions about dual credit? Let us know!

Graduate and Extended Studies
Young Hall, Room 108
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-681-6025
Email: dualcredit@lincolnu.edu