Dual Credit

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Is Dual Credit for me?

If you are considering enrolling in a dual credit course you should have a strong academic background in all areas. To take a dual credit course, you must first be admitted to UW La Crosse. This means you must meet the university’s admission requirements and be ready to complete college level work (see student requirements).  

Enrollment in a dual credit course is the start of your university record and your grades in these courses become a part of your permanent academic record.  You should be confident that you can handle a college course and motivated to do so. The dual credit program should not be considered as a “practice run” for college. 

Are Placement Tests Required?

Some courses require placement test scores.  For example, English 110 requires a passing score on the WI English Placement Test.  These tests are typically held on the UWL campus in the spring, as well as at other sites around the state.  Your guidance counselor will tell you if the dual credit course you want to take requires a placement test.  If so, you should plan to schedule the test in enough time for your score to be available to the UWL Admissions Office (www.uwlax.edu/counseling-testing/testing/placement-testing). 

How can a high school teacher teach a college course and what role does the UWL faculty member play?

High school teachers selected to teach dual credit courses meet rigorous content and teaching standards comparable to UWL faculty teaching the same subject. UWL faculty and your high school teacher work together on the content, assignments and tests. Course learning outcomes are designed to meet both your high school and the college course requirements. Your teacher and the UWL faculty member communicate regularly before, during and after the course. This may include visits by faculty to your high school classroom and visits by your teacher to the university classroom (see high school teacher requirements).

Where are the courses taught?

Courses are taught in your high school by high school teachers in your school with the close collaboration of UWL faculty. Some courses that include a lab component may occur on the UWL campus and others such as English 110 and CST 110 may include trips to the Campus Library and Speaking Center.

Do I pay tuition to UWL?

Yes, you are responsible for payment of tuition and fees but you make your payment to your school district. Your school district will notify you of the cost and when the tuition is due. UWL collects all fees for students enrolled in dual credit courses from your district (see costs).

Will I get a grade?

UW-La Crosse does not mail paper grades or transcripts to students. You may access your grade report and order an official transcript through your student account, the WINGS Student Center or order an official transcript here: www.uwlax.edu/records/transcript-request-procedure. Grades are posted within one week of the course end date.

Your UWL transcript will list the college course name and number and the UWL faculty as the official instructor of record.