What is Dual Credit?
Dual credit is a program that allows high school students to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual credit can be applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities.
To be eligible to take dual credit courses delivered on a high school campus, students must be academically prepared for the demands of college-level coursework, meet any university listed course prerequisite(s), and have junior status. Students who have not completed the prerequisites to a course for which they are otherwise eligible may register for the course with the instructor’s approval (General Catalog B-5). Students who do not have junior status may submit a petition to the high school principal’s office. Petitions will be reviewed by the counselor, high school instructor of record, and university faculty liaison. Final approval to register will be indicated by the high school instructor’s signature on the High School Dual Credit Registration form.
Students wishing to take courses delivered on the University of Idaho campus must be 16 years of age, or have completed at least half of their high school graduation requirements, and are academically prepared for the rigors of college-level coursework.
Dual credit eases the transition to college by giving students firsthand exposure to college-level work while earning high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual credit also provides a wider range of course options for high school students. Courses may be taught at the high school campus, the university campus, or online depending on the arrangements made with the high school. Through this program, dual credit students can accumulate college credits prior to entering college that will help them graduate early or on time.
Dual Credit Courses
Courses on University of Idaho Moscow Campus
Dual Credit students may take any course the university offers, provided they meet all prerequisites or the instructor grants permission. A full list of courses is available at http://www.uidaho.edu/schedule. Students should check this schedule one to two days before courses start as class locations may change at the last minute. » View Class Schedule
Dual credit students may also register for any online courses the university offers, provided they meet all prerequisites or the instructor grants permission. The instructor will send access instructions to the student’s VandalMail account. TIP: See left side of Class Schedule for Online Course offerings. » View Class Schedule
Courses in High Schools
The University of Idaho offers dual credit courses on several high school campuses across the state. By enrolling in and successfully completing these courses, students earn credit from the University of Idaho. The following list shows courses that are available to be taught in Idaho high schools. Students and parents should check with high school counselors for a list of courses offered in their high school. » View High School Courses
How to Enroll
First-time dual credit students, or those who have not taken courses from the University of Idaho within the past two years, are required to complete an Online Admissions application. This process admits students to the university and creates a student ID number. All students who apply online will receive a “Thank you, your application has been received” message right after submission, both onscreen and then by email if one has been provided. After the application is processed, an acceptance letter with the student ID number and login instructions is sent to the student via email. If an email is not provided, the letter is mailed USPS. In most cases, letters go out within a week of application. Once the online application is successfully submitted, students should proceed with the steps outlined below.
Continuing dual credit students, or those who have taken courses from the University of Idaho within the past two years, are already active students in our system and do not need to go through the online admission process. They may proceed with the steps outlined below.
- Download the Registration Form. Please Note: First-time dual credit students who have just gone through the online admission process may not have their student ID numbers when they fill out their registration form, so this field may be left blank. The Registrar’s Office will fill it in when they receive the registration form. Continuing students who do not have (or can’t remember) their student ID may call the ITS HELP DESK at (208) 885-HELP.
- Select a Course.
High school counselors will help students choose from a list of courses that can fulfill high school graduation requirements and lay the foundation for an academic future. For courses that require placement scores (like English, math, or chemistry) ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores help determine which course students are qualified to take. If students have taken the ACT or SAT and find their scores unsatisfactory, placement may be challenged by taking the COMPASS English or math test and scoring higher. If students have not taken the ACT or SAT, COMPASS English and math tests are administered by the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Each test costs $15 (payable by personal check or money order) and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center by calling (208) 885-6716 or visiting their office in Mary E. Forney Hall, Room 306. Photo ID is required. Please Note: If students wish to take a University of Idaho math course offered through their high school, they are exempted from taking the math placement test. The University of Idaho Class Schedule is available at www.uidaho.edu/schedule.
- Complete the registration form and get all the necessary signatures. Please Note: State statute requires both the parent and the student signature, regardless of the student’s age.
Student, counselor or principal, and parent or guardian signatures are all required. Home-schooled students enroll in much the same manner, except the parent/guardian will sign both the Parent/Guardian signature line and the High School Counselor signature line.
- Refer to the Fee Payment section under the Fees & Payments link for instructions.
- Receive Acceptance Letter from the University of Idaho.
Students should keep this letter handy. It contains information regarding your University of Idaho identity, which will be needed in the future to access UIDAHO online tools and resources.
- Confirm class schedule on Vandal Web.
- Get books at the UI Bookstore if applicable.
You may apply online for admissions to the University of Idaho as a Dual Credit student.
Below are a few tips to help you during the process of filling out the application. Once an application has been successfully submitted, students will receive a notification via email if an email is provided.
Question? Contact the Admissions Office for help.
TIP 1 – Create an Account
On the Admissions Login page, select Create an Account.
TIP 2 – Application Type
Set Application Type to Dual Credit/HS Student
TIP 3 – Select Term
Select the term you want to start taking the class NOT the year you graduate.
TIP 4 – Campus Location
Set Campus Location to Moscow – Main Campus.
TIP 5 – Your Addresses
- Your “Permanent” address is the place that you live.
- Your “Mailing” address is the place you receive your mail.
Tip 6 – High School Code
Click Lookup High School Code to find your high schools code.
Tip 7 – Application Checklist
Ensure that there are check marks next to each of the application criteria indicating you have filled out the entire admissions application before pressing Application is Complete.
Question? Contact the Admissions Office for help.
Financial Aid Information
Fast Forward Program
During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Idaho Legislature passed Senate Bill 1233, which approved funds to cover up to 75% of the cost of taking dual credit courses, college-bearing exams, or professional-technical exams. The program, Fast Forward, provides every high school junior access to a maximum of $200 a year and each high school senior access to a maximum of $400 a year.
Additional information, along with helpful charts are available under the Financial Aid link on this site.
Dual credit students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks. Textbooks may be purchased from the University of Idaho Bookstore or an Internet source. If an Internet source is the preferred option, students should take care to purchase the edition or version specified by the instructor.
Dual credit students may park in any available meter space with payment, however not all meters offer the same time limit.
Dual credit students also have the option of purchasing an annual University of Idaho blue or red permit that allows parking in their respective colored lots.
For more complete information about campus parking regulations, important announcements, maps, and frequently asked questions, visit Parking and Transportation Services or call (208) 885-6424.
Dual credit students may not add or drop courses online. Any course change must be approved by a high school counselor.
Add a Course
To add a course, fill out and secure signatures on the Application and Registration for High School Dual Credit form. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar and they will add the course.
Drop a Course
To drop a course, students should send an email to their high school counselor requesting that the dual credit course be dropped. The high school counselor then forwards the email, along with their approval to email@example.com. The Office of the Registrar will drop the course for the student and notify them by email that the drop has been processed.
- A “drop” is when students are taken out of a course within the posted drop/add period of not receiving a grade of W (withdrawal from course). A dropped course is not transcripted.
- A “withdrawal” is when you are taken out of a course after the posted drop/add period (some instructors may withdraw students for nonattendance). A grade of “W” will be transcripted. This will not affect your college grade point average; however you should check your high school’s policy on how a W affects your high school grade point average and eligibility for participating in high school activities and programs.
- Confirm all course changes by logging on to Vandal Web.
Courses Offered at the University of Idaho
Dates and deadlines for registration and dropping/withdrawing from courses offered on the university campus are found at the following locations:
Students attending courses on the University of Idaho Campus (or online) who are going to be absent because of a high school related activity should contact the Dean of Students at (208) 885-6757 to get administrative approval.
For courses held at the high school, students need to follow school district policy.
Grades & Transcripts
Grades are not mailed to students. Once a grade for any course has been posted, it can be viewed and printed by logging onto Vandal Web, and clicking on:
- Student Information/Registration
- Student Records/Grades/Degree Audit
- Display Final Grades
Grades are recorded on University of Idaho transcripts. Students must request a copy of this transcript and forward it to their high school so credit is transferred. Students may also request their transcripts be forwarded to another postsecondary institution so credit is transferred upon matriculation. See After Graduation below.
There is a $7 fee for each official copy and a $5 fee for each unofficial copy. For more information, refer to www.uidaho.edu/registrar/transcripts.
Students who receive a D or F in a UI Dual Credit course, may repeat the course at the University of Idaho. On the first repeat, the original grade is excluded from the student’s UI GPA and replaced by the new grade; however, the original grade remains on the transcript. If the course is repeated more than once, then the grades received are factored into the student’s UI GPA.
Questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office at (208) 885-6731.
Activate all your Vandal Services with the help of Vandal Setup.
Below is a list of the most commonly used services including access to your online students records, university email, and the university course management system.
VandalWeb contains your official UIDAHO student records. VandalWeb is the site students use to access student account/billing information, class schedules, and grades.To set up your account and/or login, refer to the Vandal Setup link.
Having trouble logging into VandalWeb? Contact the ITS HELP DESK at (208) 885-HELP.
VandalMail is the email system all University of Idaho students use. Instructors will contact students through their vandals.uidaho.edu address. Students should check their account on a regular basis.
BbLearn is the University of Idaho’s course management system. Please ask your instructor if your course requires you to login to BbLearn.
Vandal ID Card
A Vandal ID Card is a University of Idaho student ID card that can provide limited to full access to several University of Idaho campus facilities. It will indicate Dual Credit Student on the face of the card until a student has graduated from high school. Cards may be obtained by visiting the Vandal Card office, located in the Student Union Building, and completing an application, or by calling the Vandal Card Office at (208) 885-9289 or (208) 885-7522.
Access to University Facilities
As long as students are formally enrolled in courses at the University of Idaho, limited to full access to the university’s many facilities may be available depending on the facility and the student’s age.
All dual credit students have access to resources available at the University of Idaho Library. Simply click on the Services link, select Distance Education, and then click on the Distance Education Research Guide bar. More information is available by calling (208) 885-6584, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that students will need their Net ID (Vandal Email address and password). Students who need help retrieving this informaton should contact ITS at email@example.com or (208) 885-HELP.
Students who are 18 or older must buy a membership to use the Student Recreation Center (SRC). Students younger than 18 must bring a parent or guardian to the SRC with them to fill out a waiver and buy a membership.
More information about the Student Recreation Center, Physical Education Building, Memorial Gym, Swim Center, and outdoor courts, fields, etc. is available by visiting the Campus Recreation website or by calling (208) 885-6381.
Visit the University of Idaho Golf Course to learn more about our amazing 18 hole course. More information is available by calling (208) 885-6171.
Attending the University of Idaho?
Students planning to complete a degree at the University of Idaho after graduating from high school will need to apply for admission as an undergraduate student.
- Apply through Undergraduate Admissions
- Click on First-Year Students and then First-Year Students | Admission Requirements
- Select the link that best describes your status
- Don’t forget to check into Financial Aid
- If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (208) 885-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Test Score & Transcript Reminder…
When Dual Credit students become degree-seeking students, they must provide ACT or SAT test scores, official high school transcripts, and official transcripts from any other colleges or universities attended during high school (classes taken as a University of Idaho Dual Credit student will automatically be available to our Admissions Office, so no action is necessary). Other specific requirements are outlined under the link on the page that best describes you.
Attending a different College or University?
Students planning to attend a different college or university will need to request a copy of their transcript from the Registrar’s Office and indicate where to forward it. Payment MUST be received with the request for transcripts.