Required Criteria

Dual Credit Students

You can be recommended for dual credit if you:

  • are on track to fulfill the basic academic preparation for admission to a four-year college or university
  • rank in the upper third of your high school class
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (as evidenced by a college preparatory curriculum and advanced course work)
  • have endorsements from high school teachers and guidance counselors
  • have SAT or ACT scores at or above the state average (1638 for the SAT and 22 for the ACT) and are 23 or younger and without a college degree.

You may not exceed 15 semester credits of dual credit courses unless Ball State grants an exception.

NOTE: A redesigned SAT with a new scoring system was introduced in March 2016. We have not determined what the new minimum score will be. Also, if you have not taken the SAT or ACT, a recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor will suffice.

What You Should Expect

This program can prepare you to attend college by providing opportunities to get ahead and gain experience. Expectations are higher than other courses in your high school. Dual credit courses are college courses, and the teacher will expect the same quality of work from you as from students in the same course taught on campus.

Although admission to Ball State's dual credit courses does not guarantee admission to the university, all your courses count for Ball State credit. We record your grades permanently on a college transcript in case you wish to apply them here or transfer them.

In addition, you will want to make sure you understand about the possibility of transferring these courses to other colleges or universities.