Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Policy

Policy Statement

Delta State University offers high school students the opportunity to earn college-level credit while still attending high school.


A Dual Enrollment Student is a student who is enrolled at Delta State University while also enrolled in high school. Eligible students may take a maximum of 12 semester credit hours of dual enrollment courses.

A Dual Credit Student is a student who is enrolled at Delta State University while also enrolled in high school and who is receiving high school and college credit for coursework. Eligible students may take an unlimited number of credit hours.

Procedures and Responsibilities

Eligibility Criteria for Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit Students

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has the authority to establish minimum standards of achievement as a prerequisite for entrance into any of the institutions under its jurisdiction. Following are the minimum requirements for a student to be admitted under the dual enrollment/dual credit program:

  1. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses with successful completion of 14 core high school units and/or high school junior status.
  2. Students may also be admitted with a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale on all high school courses and a minimum ACT composite score of 30 or the equivalent SAT score.
  3. Each student seeking admission to this program must submit an unconditional written recommendation from his/her high school principal or guidance counselor.
  4. Students must earn a 3.00 GPA on the first 6 hours to continue participation in the program; students must maintain a 3.00 GPA to remain eligible.
  5. A minimum ACT composite of 16 is required for participation. Students scoring 16 or below on the English, Mathematics, or Reading portion of the ACT will not be allowed to earn college level coursework in that area.
  6. Developmental education courses cannot be earned through the dual credit program.

Eligibility Criteria for Dual Credit Instructors

  1. Provide official academic transcripts for all teachers participating in the program; the teacher must hold a Master’s Degree with an additional 18  hours concentration in the submitted course of study.
  2. Submit syllabi for proposed dual credit course(s) to Delta State University for alignment with the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards.

Responsible Office:  Office of Academic Affairs

Related Documents

Mississippi Code Annotated, §37-15-38

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board of Trustees Policies and Bylaws




Policy Effective Date: Approved by Academic Council 01/09/2014