COOPERATIVE DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM WITH MARIAN UNIVERSITY COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHAT IS “DUAL CREDIT”? Dual credit courses are those in which students can earn both high school credit and college credit at the same time. High school credit is 0.5 credit per semester, and college credit varies by course. HOW DO I QUALIFY TO GET IN THE MARIAN UNIVERSITY COURSES? Qualifications for this program are identified in detail in the Curriculum Guide. They include: 1. Having a B average in the subject; 2. Having a 3.2 cumulative GPA OR scoring at the 85th percentile or higher on appropriate section of most recent standardized test (e.g. PLAN, PSAT, ACT). WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED AND WHO TEACHES THEM? Dual credit courses are taught by SMS teachers, and they are taught at SMS as part of the regular school day. Courses include: College English (6 credits) College Physics (5 credits) College Calculus (5 credits) College Statistics (4 credits) Detailed descriptions of these courses can be found on a separate sheet within this packet. WHY SHOULD I TAKE THE MARIAN UNIVERSITY COURSES? If you are eligible to take the college courses you should do so for a number of reasons. First, you should always take the courses that are appropriate for your ability level so that you are making the most of your God-given talents. Second, applications for college admission and for scholarships often include a question about the level of difficulty of the courses you are taking. It is impressive to colleges and scholarship programs when your counselor can state that you are taking “the most rigorous program of study available.” Third, the courses are offered at a reduced tuition compared to the cost of taking them as a freshman in college. HOW DIFFICULT ARE THESE COURSES? The courses are different from high school courses, but that doesn’t mean they are considerably harder. If you are concerned about this, confer with the teachers of the courses. Your meeting the eligibility requirements speaks to your presumed ability to succeed in the classes. DO I GET EXTRA CREDIT FOR TAKING A HARDER PROGRAM? No extra credit, no extra weight is given these courses. These are not Advanced Placement courses or honors courses. They are most accurately described as college courses completed through Marian University. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DUAL CREDIT” AND “ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES? Upon completion of a dual credit course, you will receive a grade based upon your cumulative effort. College credit will be earned (through Marian University) upon passing the course. With Advanced Placement (AP), a particular grade on a final standardized test determines if college credits are awarded. Different universities have different grade requirements. WHAT DOES IT COST? Tuition remains $150 per credit. In addition, you are required to purchase or rent your college textbooks from the Marian’s Bookstore or perhaps an online source like Amazon. To reduce cost, students are encouraged to ask current dual credit seniors about purchasing their books at the end of the year (students should ensure whether the books will be used again in the fall). DO I SAVE MONEY BY TAKING THESE COURSES? The cost of credits can vary from college to college. For example, in 2011-12, UW Oshkosh per credit tuition is $295 (UW system fees vary annually) or $5900 for 20 credits, UW-FDL is $202 or $4040 for 20 credits. Marian’s regular undergraduate tuition is $340 per credit. 20 credits in the Dual Credit program at $150 per credit is $3000. HOW AND WHEN DO WE PAY? Tuition is billed through Marian University. Tuition is due prior to the start of classes (late August for fall semester, early January for spring semester). Dual credit financial questions may be directed to the university’s business office. HOW WILL THE COURSES APPEAR ON MY H.S./COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT? These will be a part of your permanent record. The courses will appear on your high school transcript as College English, College Calculus, College Statistics, and College Physics. The courses will appear on your Marian University transcript at follows: ENG105 Expository Writing 3 credits ENG112 Introduction to Literary Genres 3 credits MAT122 Probability and Statistics 4 credits MAT201 Calculus I 5 credits PHS211 Elementary Physics 5 credits At the end of the school year, you will request that Marian University send a copy of your transcript to the college you will be attending. WILL CREDITS TRANSFER TO ANOTHER COLLEGE The college accepting the credits is the one that determines if it will do so. Students must contact their future college admission offices to verify credit transfer policies. While neither Marian University nor St. Mary’s Springs can guarantee the transfer of your college credits to other colleges, we can tell you that Springs students have had very good fortune in transferring credits to meet required or elective courses at their college of choice, especially when attending colleges and universities in Wisconsin. WHAT IF I WANT TO DROP THE CLASS LATER? As with all other classes, once a class starts a student is expected to complete the courses they have chosen. To help you make a good, informed decision, it is very important that students ask questions and gather information about a college course ahead of time.
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