Dual credit students must meet or exceed all eligibility requirements for enrolling in MCC courses. Specifically, they must meet all prerequisite requirements for any course, including satisfactory placement test scores in English, reading, and mathematics as required by MCC policies for all students.
Because they are by definition high school students, students enrolled in dual credit courses that are intended to transfer to other colleges and universities in the state must meet the higher eligibility requirements for enrollment in college courses established by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE). These include minimum grade point average requirements, satisfactory scores on subject matter tests, and the recommendation of the high school principal and/or counselor.
Because CBHE eligibility guidelines do not apply for courses that are part of career and technical programs, because they are not intended primarily for transfer to other Missouri colleges and universities, students who have not earned a 3.0 GPA may demonstrate their ability to benefit from dual credit courses in career and technical fields by a combination of grade point average, test scores, recommendations, and high levels of performance in previous courses. Students with high school GPAs less than 2.5 will generally not be eligible for dual credit. The final decision for student eligibility for career and technical courses rests with the Vice Chancellor of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Juniors and Seniors with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA are eligible without a letter of recommendation.
- Juniors or Seniors must have a 2.5 -2.99 cumulative GPA (requires signature of high school Dual Credit Counselor and Parent on “Intent to Enroll” (ITE) and a letter of recommendation from principal or counselor.
- Sophomores must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND signature of HS DC Counselor and Parent on ITE and recommendation letters from the principal and school counselor.
- Freshmen must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA AND a composite score at the national 90th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT and signature of HS DC Counselor and Parent on ITE, and recommendation letters from the principal and school counselor.
- ACT or college placement exam scores within the eligibility range.
*Note: GPA calculation is unweighted