Student Eligibility Framework (PDF)

Online Application Instructions (PDF)

Welcome to NSU's Dual Enrollment Program

Northwestern State University, in partnership with participating high schools, is pleased to offer courses for college credit for selected high school students. In an effort to provide a unique opportunity, 11th and 12th grade students may earn college credit while enrolled in courses taught by their high school teacher. Students may also enroll in online courses directly through Northwestern or in traditional courses on Northwestern's campus.

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Student Requirements

  1. Student must be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade in a Louisiana public, private or parochial school or in a BESE-Approved Home Study Program. Limited enrollment for 10th graders requires a GPA of 3.00 and a letter of recommendation from high school principal.
  2. Student must be on track for completing (by graduation from high school) the required Regents' Core Curriculum.
  3. Student must be enrolled in a college course for which dual credit is attempted and recorded on both student's secondary and postsecondary academic record.
  4. Student will be admitted and enrolled as a "Non-Degree Seeking" student. Upon graduation from high school, if the student enrolls at NSU, they will apply for admission as a regular student and must meet the university's admission requirements.

Student Enrollment Criteria

  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) Composite Score of 18
  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) English sub-score of 18 to enroll in English or (450 SAT, 68 Compass Writing)
  • ACT or PLAN (or ASPIRE equivalent) mathematics sub-score of 19 to enroll in College Algebra or (460 SAT, 40 Compass Algebra)
  • GPA 3.00 - Junior Status
  • GPA 2.75 - Senior Status

Tuition and Fees

  • No application fee.
  • TUITION is funded by a Northwestern State University tuition exemption.
  • Student is responsible for textbooks, course materials, and supplies.
  • Student is responsible for fees associated with courses taken online or on NSU's campus.

Application Process

Course Delivery Method

  • Courses at high school campus taught by high school teacher
  • Online courses directly through NSU
  • Traditional courses on NSU's campus
  • Click here for a list of NSU courses

Course Transferability
Students are encouraged to enroll in general education courses. Visit the State of Louisiana Board of Regent's website to view the Master Course Articulation Matrix for a list of courses. Students should consult with the Registrar's Office of the institution they plan on attending after high school prior to enrolling in dual enrollment courses to verify transferability.

Contact Information
Julie Longlois, Carl D. Perkins Coordinator,, 318.357.6100