Dual Credit FAQ

1. What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit 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.  

3. How much do dual credit courses cost?

Select dual credit courses are available to students in grades 11-12 who attend a public high school in South Dakota at the rate of $48.33 per credit.  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?

For students in grades 11-12 who attend a high school in South Dakota, fill out the online application found here: www.sdsmt.edu/apply.  Be sure to select Dual Credit Application.

The following items must also be submitted:

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

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

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
      6.  
  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:

Admissions Office
Toll Free: (877) 877-6044  
sdsmtadmissions@gmail.com 
 
 


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