About Dual Credit at ACU

ACU offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in college-level courses that can apply toward high school graduation requirements and easily transferable college credit. Our dual credit offerings give high school students the opportunity to prepare for a future of deep learning.

Our Dual Credit courses have been developed by Christian faculty members who understand the importance of integrating faith and learning. While our offerings are limited in number, they were the selected to be academically rigorous and to ensure that they provide students an authentic college-level course experience while the students are fully involved in their high school activities.

For more information, please contact Liz Brown, Director of Academic Advising and Dual Credit by phone at 325-674-6739 or email at liz.brown@acu.edu.

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Online Course Offerings:

ACU offers several online courses in which dual credit students may participate if no on-site classes fit their schedules, but please be aware that these classes are first offered to current ACU students. Space permitting, dual credit students may enroll in online courses.

Fall 2018
American History I
Environmental and Technological Science
Math Quantitative Reasoning 
English Composition and Rhetoric 
Elementary Spanish I 
Biology Human Perspective

Spring 2019
American History II
Introduction to Psychology

Course Descriptions

On-Campus Course Offerings:

Dual Credit at ACU is primarily intended for local Abilene high school students who are wishing to receive credit for high school and college courses simultaneously. Local students are strongly encouraged to attend classes at ACU's campus to participate in the full college experience. High School Juniors and Seniors living near the ACU campus can enroll in up to 7-hours of dual credit per semester, with a maximum of 24 credit hours of dual credit at ACU prior to full-time college enrollment.

Fall 2018:

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Spring 2019:

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Note: If a student does not find an available course in which they would like to enroll, they can request approval to enroll from the Dual Credit Program Director, Liz Brown.

Steps to Enroll in ACU's Dual Credit Courses

There is no application fee. Once a student's application file is complete they will be considered for admission and can expect email notification of admission and notification of course enrollment. Course enrollment is not guaranteed and is based on availability.

Course Costs

All Dual Credit courses at ACU are offered at the greatly reduced rate of $140 per credit hour, making most courses $420, plus the cost of books. There are no scholarships offered for Dual Credit enrollment. The ACU Faculty-Employee Discount does apply for the 2018-19 academic year.

Next Steps

Transferring Courses

There is no limit to the number of dual credit courses which can be transferred to ACU. However, other rules that apply to transfer courses apply to dual credit as well. For example, students may not transfer more than 66 total hours from a two-year school, including both transfer and dual credit work. In addition, students must have at least 48 hours at ACU to receive a degree from ACU and 24 of those hours must be upper level (300-499 courses).

Some dual credit courses may not apply toward specific ACU degree requirements. For example, students taking more than the allotted number of social science courses or multiple math courses may find that some of those hours will count only as elective hours, which still count toward the degree, but not to specific requirements. The student's specific degree plan will determine how these courses might count toward degree progress.

ACU must have the official transcript from the college that issued the credit in order to post dual credit hours to your degree plan. ACU cannot award college credit from the high school transcript. The student will need to request the transcript from the college that issued the credit and have that transcript sent directly to ACU. The high school cannot request or send that transcript for you.

Visit the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) online at tccns.org to determine course equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit. Use the TCNNS Course Number found in the course descriptions below to learn more.

Credentialing for Teachers at Prospective Private Schools

For educators who are interested in learning more about teaching Dual Credit courses.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.