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Early Entry (Dual Credit)

Are you interested in earning college credit while still in high school? A great way to get a head start on your college education, save time, and save money is to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Plus courses may meet your high school graduation requirements. Take college classes offered through your high school, through IVN, or on MSU’s campus. Students in grades 11-12 with a 3.0 or higher high school GPA and approval from their high school administrator are eligible to enroll in Early Entry (Dual Credit) courses.

Advantages of Early Entry (Dual Credit) Courses

  • Save on the immediate and long-term costs of a college education. Much of the cost of higher education stems from room, board, and other living expenses. You and your parents pay for university courses while you live at home and attend high school, so you’ll save those costs. In addition, courses taken at your high school will be billed at a reduced tuition rate from standard MSU courses.
  • Ease into college classes in a comfortable, familiar environment with smaller class sizes.
  • Courses will transfer to other colleges or universities. If you decide not to attend Minot State University following high school graduation, we can help you transfer to the college or university of your choice. If you choose to attend another two-year or four-year institution thing the North Dakota University System (NDUS), transferring is simple thanks to a policy called the General Education Transfer Agreement. Under this policy, general education courses can be easily transferred to another NDUS institution.
  • Receive an MSU Student ID Card. You will be issued an MSU student ID card allowing you to take advantage of many of the services offered to degree seeking MSU students including admission to athletic events, library services, and participation in free MSU events.

How to Register for Dual Credit Courses

  • Make sure you meet the dual credit admission requirements:
    • High school G.P.A of 3.0 or higher
    • To enroll in English classes: ACT English section sub-score of 18 or higher or a higher placement test.
    • To enroll in math classes: ACT Math section sub-score of 21 or higher or a higher placement test.
  • Speak with your high school principal or guidance counselor regarding Early Entry (Dual Credit) courses offered at your high school.
  • If you wish to enroll in classes on campus at Minot State contact the Dual Credit Coordinator to discuss course options and the enrollment process.
  • Complete the online MSU admission application include $35 nonrefundable application fee (first semester only)
  • Complete Early Entry (Dual Credit) Enrollment Application including parent and high school administrator signature.

Cost of Early Entry (Dual Credit) Courses
The cost of courses taken from MSU by high school students vary depending on the delivery location. A typical course is 3-4 credit hours. Tuition is due within the first two weeks of the semester. Exact dates can be found by contacting the Business Office.

  • Tuition and fees for courses taken at the high school are $122.84 per credit hour (2016-2017 rate).
  • Tuition and fees for courses taken online or on campus are $273.67 per credit hour (2016-2017 rate).

Emerging Scholars
Earn an Emerging Scholars Award equal to the tuition for each course taken at your high school during your high school junior and/or senior year. When you enroll on the MSU campus as a full-time student for the semester following your high school graduation, you can use your Emerging Scholars Award to offset the cost of tuition and fees. Recipients of the Bank of North Dakota grant and/or Dollars for Scholars may not receive an Emerging Scholars Award.

Dropping a Course

We encourage you to strongly think through enrollment before applying for a Early Entry (Dual Credit) Course, but if you decide you need to drop a course please use the following guidelines:

  • If you are taking more than one course, but only dropping one of them, complete the Early Entry (Dual Credit) Drop Form
  • The course must be dropped within the first 8.99% of instructional days of the semester. The exact date can be determined from the Business Office. After this date, there may be no refund for a dropped class.
  • If you are dropping all your courses, please complete the withdrawal form. A sliding scale tuition refund process is used based on the withdrawal date.

You must contact Minot State University directly to drop a course. Requests made to your high school administrator or counselor does not guarantee a change in enrollment at Minot State University.


Kari Schmidt
Contact Kari Schmidt
Credit Coordinator
(701) 858-3990
1-800-777-0750, ext. 3990
Fax: (701) 858-4343