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1 A Comprehensive Guide to the Dual Credit Program The University of Louisville

2 Program Overview The University of Louisville High School Dual Credit Program offers qualified, local high school students the opportunity to earn college and high school credit simultaneously before they receive their high school diploma. Benefits of the program are to: Develop a college transcript while in high school Experience college curriculum and instructional methods Shorten the amount of time required to complete a college degree Save money by paying less per credit hour than a regular U of L college student Offer high school students the amenities of a U of L college student: free TARC access, free access to U of Ls libraries, and free access to our brand new student recreation center.

3 Grades and policies Students who enroll in the dual credit program must be fully prepared for the challenges of taking a college level course. Students will receive grades for dual credit based on the University of Louisville grading scale. Teachers communicate this grading scale to students, parents, and the school community on a regular basis. Under FERPA privacy rules, the instructor cannot communicate student progress with parents. Only the student can access his or her grades. The final grades become a part of the students permanent college record.

4 Transferring Credits It is important to note that acceptance as a dual credit student does not guarantee acceptance to U of L as an undergraduate student. Students enrolling in and completing a dual credit course will obtain a college transcript. The grade will be automatically recorded on their student record at U of L. If the student wishes to have the credits transferred elsewhere, they must contact the Registrars office to request a copy of their transcript. The student should contact their prospective college or university for transfer credit guidelines. If the student wishes to continue education at U of L, the credits will automatically appear on the students record.

5 Student Eligibility Students at participating schools who wish to enroll in dual credit must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and satisfy the following criteria: For English 101 (one of the following): Reading sub score on ACT 20 Reading sub score on SAT 480 Reading sub score on PSAT 50 Reading sub score on PLAN 19 Exception: Students with a reading subscore of 19 on the ACT may become eligible by submitting a writing sample to be evaluated by the U of L English Dual Credit Coordinator. Humanities and other general education courses Students wishing to take Humanities dual credit courses should meet minimum grades of eligibility. U of L reserves the right to change or add student eligibility requirements based on the rigors of the course being offered.

6 Student Eligibility For Math 109 or Math 111, students must have a 3.0 cumulative Math GPA and one of the following: Mathematics subscore on ACT of 21 Mathematics subscore on SAT of 500 Mathematics subscore of PSAT 50 Exception: Students with mathematics subscores of 20 on the ACT, 480 on the SAT, or 48 on PSAT are eligible to take the U of L Math Placement Exam and if they score 11 or higher, they are eligible as well. For Math 190, students must have a 3.0 cumulative Math GPA and one of the following: Mathematics subscore on ACT of 23 Mathematics subscore on SAT of 540 Mathematics subscore on PSAT of 55+ Passing grade in Math 111 Exception: Students with mathematics subscores of 22 on the ACT, 520 on the SAT or 53 on PSAT are eligible to take the U of L Math Placement Exam and if they score 16 or higher, they are eligible as well.

7 The Registration Process A high school student may apply for dual credit only if their high school is participating in the University of Louisvilles dual credit program. Interested students should see their academic counselor for more information. If the school they attend offers dual credit courses, the student will apply and register for courses through their high school. Please do not apply online.

8 Checklist for dual credit admission and registration A dual credit representative from U of L will visit applicants high school to hand out and then later to collect the following important documents: U of L Application (paper form- please do not apply online) Application fee ($50) Make check payable to the University of Louisville. No cash will be taken. Students participating in Free/Reduced lunch will not need to pay this fee. U of L Academic and Financial Policy Student/Parent Agreement High School Transcript, including ACT, SAT or other qualifying test scores Letter of recommendation from guidance counselor Letter to verify participation in free and reduced lunch program (if applicable) Course registration form

9 Steps following admission: Pay your bill Soon after registering in a course, high school visitors will receive a bill in the mail. The bill will depend on the cost of tuition for that academic year and the number of credit hours they are taking, but will always be less than a normal U of L students tuition. This bill will also include a separate student recreational center fee. High school visitors may pay their bill by mail to the Bursars office, in person at the Bursars office, or online on the Bursars office webpage for a small fee. For Free/Reduced Lunch Students: If students provide a letter from their respective high school stating they take part in the Free/Reduced Lunch program, both their admission and course fees are waived. Free/Reduced Lunch students are still required to pay the Student Recreation fee. This is a nominal fee (for 2013-2014, it was $8.25 per credit hour) that gives students access to U of Ls brand new recreational center.

10 Steps following admission: Pick up your Cardinal Card The Cardinal Card is the U of L student ID card that grants dual credit students many of the amenities of a U of L student, including free rides on the TARC, U of Ls libraries, and U of Ls recreation center. A student must first be registered in their course, and then they may visit campus either with their high school class or individually to have their Cardinal Card made. To have their card made, a student should visit the lower level of the Houchens Building on campus with a valid photo ID.

11 Steps following admission: Activate your accounts A students user ID and student ID number are very important identifiers used by the University. If a dual credit student attends U of L as a college student in the future, these IDs will stay the same, so they should be careful not to misplace them. A letter will be sent in the mail providing a students Username ID, Student ID number, and instructions for activating their account. They can also find instructions at: Once their ID and password are set up, they will be able to access their ULink, Blackboard and Cardmail accounts using the same ID and password combination.

12 Student Accounts Go to U of Ls homepage, listed below, and click on My Accounts in the upper right portion of the screen. A list of accounts will appear.

13 Student Accounts: ULink ULink is a web portal for all U of L student and staff that offers access to: Billing account Records Financial aid Personal information Campus resources Grades Transcript requests Dual credit students will use Ulink mainly to view their bill, check their final grade (s), and request transcripts. To visit ULink, either use the accounts popup discussed on the previous slide or visit

14 Student Accounts: Cardmail Dual credit students are provided a U of L student email account called Cardmail. All official communication will be sent to this account, despite what email account they list as their personal email. So students should check this account regularly! To access Cardmail, visit Username is Password is the same one the student set up when activating their account

15 Student Accounts: Blackboard Blackboard is a web tool that allows students to access resources uploaded by their teachers, access grades, and turn in assignments or even take exams. Dual credit teachers may or may not choose to use Blackboard. Regardless, it may be a good idea for dual credit students to visit and explore Blackboard, as many universities now use it in every classroom. Blackboard login information is the same user id and password combination set up when the student activates their account.

16 For more information CONTACT: Jeanne Guerrero, Director University of Louisville Office of Admissions Houchens Rm. #150Q Louisville, KY 40292 (502) 852-8110 Jeanne Guerrero, Director credit-program

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