Dual Credit FAQ

1. What is Dual Credit?

High School Dual Credit (HSDC) is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in classes at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology at a reduced tuition rate while earning credits for both their high school diploma and post-secondary degree at the same time. 

2. What courses are available?

Classes offered as dual credit are general education classes (100-200 level).  Check out the Department of Education Dual Credit Dashboard for a listing of all available courses. Your first step should be to meet with your school counselor to talk about whether you are a good candidate for dual credit and to discuss which courses you would like to take. Your high school counselor will help ensure that all of your high school requirements are being met.

3. How much do dual credit courses cost?

Select dual credit courses are available to high school students in grades 11-12 at the rate of $48.33 per credit. Students are responsible for the $48.33 per-credit cost and any required textbooks or related course materials. All other students will pay our standard tuition & fees rate found on our Tuition and Fees Schedule.

4. Will these courses transfer?

Students are encouraged to check with their institution of choice regarding the transferability of credits earned.  

Courses available at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will transfer to each of the five other South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) institutions including: 

  • Black Hills State University
  • Dakota State University
  • Northern State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of South Dakota

5. How do I apply? Learn more here.

Are you a first time HSDC student? Fill out the online application found here.  

Already taken HSDC courses at an SDBOR university? A student who has previously participated in HSDC and who has been continuously enrolled since starting the program can fill out the Continuing Registration Form found on the South Dakota Board of Regents website here. If you have previously taken dual credit courses, but took the most recent semester off, fill out the online application found here

The following items must also be submitted with the online application:

  • High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT Score Report (if taken)*
  • Signed Permission Form/Financial Terms and Conditions Form

*Registration in select courses will require placement via ACT/SAT or the ACCUPLACER placement test.

Students who have previously participated in the HSDC program do not need to submit a transcript or test scores. However, those wishing to submit updated transcripts or new test scores for placement into math and English courses may submit those by email or mail.

Admission Requirements

  1. High school junior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota;
    1. Earn an ACT composite score of 24 reflective of the 70% percentile; or
    2. Rank in upper one-third of their graduating class; or
    3. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale
  2. High school senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota;
    1. Earn an ACT composite score of 21 reflective of the 50% percentile; or
    2. Rank in the upper one-half of their graduating class; or
    3. Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
  3. High school junior or senior eligible to enroll in a high school in South Dakota meeting undergraduate admissions requirements
    1. ACT composite score of 18 (or 21 for USD and SD Mines) ; and
    2. Successful completion of coursework requirements:
      1. Four years of English
      2. Three years of advanced mathematics
      3. Three years of laboratory science
      4. Three years of social studies
      5. One year of fine arts
  4. Take one of the assessments below and meet the required score(s):  
    1. 10th Grade ACT Aspire Summative Assessment – (Score 434 or higher)
    2. Accuplacer (Sentence Skills – Score 86 or higher AND Elementary Algebra – Score 76 or higher)

If you have questions, please contact:

Office of Admissions
Toll Free: (877) 877-6044  

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