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.

  • 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. Learn more detailed information about the ACP program.

  • 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.

    Dual Credit 2016-17 Calendar

    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
    • Wirt-Emerson Visual & Performing Arts High Ability Academy

    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.

    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.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

    IU Northwest awards credit for a variety of College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams. With advanced credit, you can enroll in upper-level classes sooner and add a major, minor, or certificate and still graduate in four years.

    Individual IU schools, departments, and programs determine the credit awarded for each exam and score. To be considered for credit, have a copy of your score report sent to the IU Northwest Office of Admissions.

    Note: UNDI indicates “undistributed” credit that will not be assigned to a specific course but will count toward your college degree.

    Subject

    Score

    Department

    Course

    Credit Hours

    Art History

    3

    FINA-A

    101

    3

    Art History

    4 or 5

    FINA-A

    101/102

    6

    Biology

    3

    BIOL-L

    100

    3

    Biology

    4

    BIOL-E

    112

    3

    Biology

    5

    BIOL-E

    111/112

    6

    Calculus AB

    3

    MATH-M

    119

    3

    Calculus AB

    4 or 5

    MATH-M

    215

    4

    Calculus BC

    3

    MATH-M

    119

    3

    Calculus BC

    4 or 5

    MATH-M

    215/216

    8

    Calculus BC-AB subscore

    3

    MATH-M

    119

    3

    Calculus BC-AB subscore

    4 or 5

    MATH-M

    215

    5

    Chemistry

    3

    CHEM-C

    101/121

    5

    Chemistry

    4 or 5

    CHEM-C

    105/125

    5

    Chinese Language and Culture

    3

    LANG

    UNDI

    (200 level)

    4

    Chinese Language and Culture

    4 or 5

    LANG

    UNDI

    (200 & 250 level)

    8

    Comparative Government and Politics

    3, 4, or 5

    POLS-Y

    107

    3

    Computer Science A

    3, 4, or 5

    CSCI-A

    201

    4

    English Language and Composition

    3

    ENG-W

    130

    3

    English Language and Composition

    4 or 5

    ENG-W

    131

    3

    Environmental Science

    3

    SPEA-E

    162

    3

    Environmental Science

    4 or 5

    SPEA-E

    272

    3

    European History

    3

    HIST-H

    103

    3

    European History

    4 or 5

    HIST-H

    103/104

    6

    French Language

    3

    FREN-F

    200

    3

    French Language

    4 or 5

    FREN-F

    200/250

    6

    German Language

    3

    GER-G

    100

    4

    German Language

    4 or 5

    GER-G

    200/250

    8

    Human Geography

    3,4, or 5

    GEOG-G

    110

    3

    Italian Language and Culture

    3

    FRIT/ITAL-M

    100

    4

    Italian Language and Culture

    4

    FRIT/ITAL-M

    100/150

    8

    Italian Language and Culture

    5

    FRIT/ITAL-M

    100/150/200

    11

    Japanese Language and Culture

    3

    LANG

    UNDI

    (200 level)

    3

    Japanese Language and Culture

    4 or 5

    LANG

    UNDI

    (200 &250 level)

    6

    Latin: Vergil

    3

    CLAS-L

    100/150

    8

    Latin: Vergil

    4 or 5

    CLAS-L

    200/250/309

    9

    Macroeconomics

    3

    ECON-E

    UNDI

    (100 level)

    3

    Macroeconomics

    4 or 5

    ECON-E

    104

    3

    Microeconomics

    3

    ECON-E

    UNDI

    (100 level)

    3

    Microeconomics

    4 or 5

    ECON-E

    103

    3

    Music Theory

    3

    MUS-A

    190

    3

    Music Theory

    4

    MUS-T

    113/115

    4

    Music Theory

    5

    MUS-T

    114/115

    5

    Physics B

    3

    PHYS-P

    100

    4

    Physics B

    4

    PHYS-P

    201

    5

    Physics B

    5

    PHYS-P

    201/202

    10

    Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

    3,4, or 5

    PHYS-P

    222

    5

    Physics C: Mechanics

    3

    PHYS-P

    100

    4

    Physics C: Mechanics

    4 or 5

    PHYS-P

    221

    5

    Psychology

    3,4, or 5

    PSY-P

    101

    3

    Spanish Language

    3

    SPAN-S

    200

    3

    Spanish Language

    4 or 5

    SPAN-S

    200/250

    6

    Spanish Literature

    3

    SPAN-S

    200

    3

    Spanish Literature

    4

    SPAN-S

    200/250

    6

    Spanish Literature

    5

    SPAN-S

    200/250/311

    9

    Statistics

    3

    MATH-K

    200

    3

    Statistics

    4 or 5

    MATH-K

    300

    3

    Studio Art Drawing

    3,4, or 5

    FINA-F

    100

    3

    Studio Art: 2-D

    3,4, or 5

    FINA-F

    102

    5

    Studio Art: 3-D

    3,4, or 5

    FINA-F

    101

    3

    U.S. Government and Politics

    3,4, or 5

    POLS-Y

    103

    3

    U.S. History

    3

    HIST-H

    105

    3

    U.S. History

    4 or 5

    HIST-H

    105/106

    6

    World History

    3,4, or 5

    HIST-W

    100

    3