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Dual Credit Programs

Dual Credit Programs

High School Credit

College-bound juniors and seniors have many opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school.

Dual credit programs, in which high school students earn high school and college credit concurrently, and early start courses, in which students attend a local university and earn college credit before graduating high school, are opportunities available at many high schools.

Whether administered by IU Northwest or another area college, such courses that students complete in high school will transfer to IU Northwest in most cases. In fact, all such courses fulfill core requirements that are transferable to most universities nationwide. A good resource is the Indiana Core Transfer Library.

Dual Credit Calendar 2014-2015

Advance College Project  

ACP is a partnership between Indiana University and participating high schools within Indiana. ACP offers college credit to qualified high school seniors (and some juniors) who enroll in IU general education courses that are offered at the students' own high schools during the regular school day and taught by ACP certified high school teachers. ACP courses are designed for students with a solid academic foundation, a desire for more advanced work and a serious commitment to completing the ACP course successfully.

Admission Standards

  • On track toward fulfilling the basic academic preparation for admission to a four-year college or university.
  • GPA of 2.70 or higher on a 4.00-point scale (as evidenced by a college preparatory curriculum and advanced coursework)
  • Have appropriate high school endorsements from teachers and guidance counselors.

If you are interested in participating in the the ACP program visit the guidance department at your high school and learn about the procedure for enrollment. For more detailed information about the ACP program go to http://acp.indiana.edu

Dual Credit Programs  

Transferring credit to IU Northwest

In order to make sure any dual credit courses that you took in high school are accepted as IU Northwest credits, you will have to find out what university administered the course. Contact your high school guidance office for this information. Then, once the course is completed, contact the administering school’s Registrar to request an official transcript (you must have a “C” or better) as you will need this to register at IU Northwest and receive official college credit.

 For current students of IU Northwest dual credit courses

The dual credit program is a program for juniors and seniors who take classes in participating high schools to earn high school credit and IU Northwest college credit at the same time. Classes take place at the high school and are taught by high school teachers. Students learn what college professors expect while still in familiar high school surroundings. For more information see the guidance department at the participating high schools.

Admission Standards:

  • On track toward fulfilling the basic academic preparation for admission to a four-year college or university.
  • Junior standing and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Have appropriate high school endorsements from principal and/or guidance counselors.

Participating High Schools

Boone Grove High School

Crown Point High School

East Chicago Central High School

Edison High School

Gavit High School

Hammond Academy of Science & Technology

Hobart High School

Lake Central High School

Portage High School

Whiting High School

Resources for dual credit students:

Early College/Dual Credit Manual includes:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Course offerings
  • Withdrawal information
  • Student resources

Academic policies and procedures

Schedule of classes

Student rights and responsibilities

Student affairs hearing process and procedures

Early Start Program  

Early Start Program

Qualified college-bound high school juniors and seniors may take certain college courses while still working toward a high school diploma. The Early Start program is a chance to adjust to college-level work while accumulating credits towards a college degree. The classes for the Early Start program are held on campus at IU Northwest.

Registration as an ESP guest is for one semester only. If you do well and want to continue taking courses, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions for semester-to-semester approval. Please note that completion of courses does not guarantee formal admission to the University; a freshman application must be completed.

To qualify:

  1. Junior or senior class status in high school
  2. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA out of a 4.0 point scale in high school classes completed
  3. Submit official high school transcript, possess a positive recommendation from high school principal (or designee) and have signed consent from parent or guardian[REC1]

To apply:

  1. Complete the High School Student Early Start Application
  2. Obtain approval and signatures from your high school academic department head, counselor or principal.
  3. Submit your application, along with a copy of your high school transcript to: Indiana University Northwest Office of Admissions 3400 Broadway Gary, IN 46408
  4. Once we receive your application and necessary approvals, you'll be informed of how to register for classes online. Course fees will vary depending on the number of credit hours. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit cards through the IU Northwest Bursar's office.

For 21st Century Scholars:

A program for qualified juniors and seniors who are members of the 21st Century Scholars program. Students enroll into on-campus classes at IU Northwest.

Students in good standing with the 21st Century Scholars program who are accepted into the Early Start Program may be eligible for a full tuition scholarship (course and lab fees only) to cover the courses taken while in high school.

To apply please complete the 21st Century Scholars Early Start Program Application and return your application along with a copy of your high school transcripts to Indiana University Northwest Office of Admissions, 3400 Broadway Gary, IN 46408.

  Available courses:

  • Humans and the Biological World (BIOL L100)
  • Intro to Biological Sciences (BIOL L101)
  • Elementary Chemistry (CHEM C101)
  • Principles of Chemistry (CHEM C105)
  • The Solar System (AST A100)
  • Public Speaking (SPCH S121)
  • Ancient and Medieval Art (FINA A101)
  • Art Appreciation (FINA H100)
  • Music for the Listener (MUS M174)
  • Intro to Theatre (THTR T115)
  • Oral Interpretation (THTR T100)
  • Acting (THTR T120)
  • Intro to Computers (CSCI C106)
  • Western World Masterpieces (ENG L101)
  • Intro to Human Geography (GEOG G110)
  • Intro to Earth Science (GEOL G101)
  • American History I or II (HIST H105, H106)
  • History of Western Civilization I (HIST H113)
  • Intro to Philosophy (PHIL P100)
  • Elementary Ethics (PHIL P140)
  • Elementary Logic (PHIL P150)
  • Intro to Religion (RELS R160)
  • Minority Political Problems (AFRO A101)
  • Survey Culture of Black Americans (AFRO A150)
  • Intro to Psychology (PSY P101)
  • Principles of Sociology (SOC S161)
  • Origins and Prehistory (ANTH A105)
  • Culture and Society (ANTH A104)
  • Intro to Business (BUS W100)
  • Intro to American Politics (POLS Y103)
  • Criminal Justice (SPEA J101)
  • Elementary Composition (ENG)
21st Century Scholars  

A program for qualified juniors and seniors who are members of the 21st Century Scholars program. Students enroll into on-campus classes at IU Northwest. Benefits of this program include a full tuition scholarship (including course and lab fees) awarded by IU Northwest while in high school. Students will be responsible for the student activity and technology fees, since these are not included in the scholarship. To qualify for this program students must meet the following criteria:

  • In good standing in the 21st Century Scholars Program
  • Junior or senior class status in high school
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA out of a 4.0 point scale in high school classes completed
  • Submit official high school transcipt, possess a positive recommendation from high school principal (or designee) and have signed consent from parent or guardian

To apply please complete the 21st Century Scholars Early Start Program Application and return your application along with a copy of your high school transcripts to Indiana University Northwest Office of Admissions 3400 Broadway Gary, IN 46408. For more information, including a list of possible courses, check out the 21st Century Scholars Early Start Program Brochure.