Lincoln University Dual Credit
What Is Dual Credit?
Dual credit refers to college-level courses that allow students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual credit classes are always taught by high school instructors, and are held at the student's high school.
What are the benefits of dual credit?
- Dual credit saves time. Students take a course once and earn high school and college credit at the same time.
- Dual credit saves money. Dual credit courses taken through the Lincoln University dual credit program cost far less than undergraduate tuition.
- Dual credit prepares students for college. Dual credit courses provide high school students an opportunity to experience rigorous college-level coursework. The Lincoln University Dual Credit Program ensures that dual credit courses taught at high schools are aligned with courses that are taught on our University campus.
How is dual credit different from Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
AP courses are similar to dual credit courses in that college credit can be earned either way. However, in an AP course, the students must focus on passing a single national exam at the conclusion of the course. If the student does not receive a high enough grade on that test, the student does not receive college credit. Instructors of AP classes are not required to have any special qualifications to teach an AP class. Some colleges do not award credit for, even with the highest marks, an AP course exam.
Dual credit courses evaluate a student's entire performance in the course, awarding credit for the successful completion of all coursework instead of relying upon 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.
Who is eligible to take dual credit courses?
As outlined by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, a student wishing to earn dual credit must meet the following criteria:
- Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) are automatically eligible for dual credit.
- Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall grade point average between 2.5 to 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.