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Eligibility

Every student who enrolls in dual credit courses must meet the following admission standards:

  • Students in the 11th and 12th grades interested in dual credit must meet one of the following requirement scenarios:
    • Students in the 11th or 12th grades with an overall minimum GPA of 2.50 on a scale of 4.00 and an ACT score of 21 OR a Combined Percentile Index of 100 or higher and have at least a GPA of 2.50 on a scale of 4.00.  In addition to these requirements ALL students 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 meet the following requirements:
    • Students in the 10th grade must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 and an ACT score of 21 OR a Combined Percentile Index of 100 or higher and have at least a GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.  In addition to these requirements ALL students 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 meet the following requirements:
    • Students in the 9th grade must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 and an ACT score in the 90th percentile or above.  In addition to these requirements ALL students must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their principal and guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.

Requirements for Course Placement

Course Requirements

ACT Mathematics Sub-score Requirements

Calculus I
  • ACT Math 27 -OR-
  • SAT Math 670 -OR-
  • ACT Aspire Math 437 -OR-
  • High School Cum. GPA 3.90 - OR-
  • Completion of Pre-Calculus through Northwest
Pre-Calculus
  • ACT Math 24 -OR-
  • SAT Math 600 -OR-
  • ACT Aspire Math 432 -OR-
  • High School Cum. GPA 3.80 
Statistics
College Algebra
Trigonometry
  • ACT Math 22 -OR-
  • SAT Mth 570 -OR-
  • ACT Aspire Math 432 -OR-
  • High School Cum. GPA 3.00

ACT English Sub-score Required*

Composition
  • ACT English 18 or higher -OR-
  • SAT Writing 430 or higher -OR-
  • ACT Aspire English 428 or higher -OR-
  • Successful completion of the Writing Challenge
  • Students with an English ACT of 18 will be given a self-assessment tool they can use to determine if they would rather opt down into Introduction to College Writing (not available as dual credit).

*Placement exams are available for students who do not meet the English ACT requirement.

Furthermore, juniors and sophomores may submit equivalent PLAN, ASPIRE, or Pre-ACT scores for admission consideration if they have not yet taken the ACT or SAT. Equivalent PLAN scores are an 18 for juniors and a 24 for sophomores.  Equivalent ASPIRE scores are 427 for juniors.  

These requirements are subject to change by Northwest's Admissions Office. In addition, a placement exam may be required for particular courses. Some courses may also require the student to have completed particular courses in high school.

Only students who have submitted an application/enrollment form, transcripts, test scores and have been recommended by their high school will be allowed to participate in dual credit at Northwest Missouri State University.

All requests for schedule changes, withdrawals, transcripts or payment plans must be sent directly to the appropriate college personnel. The instructor of the dual credit course is not responsible for any of these procedures.