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Andrews University has a Dual Credit Program in which high school juniors and seniors who are have least a 3.00 cumulative GPA in their high school courses can take certain on campus and online college courses for $100 per credit. College freshman level courses in areas such as English, Foreign Language, Math, Music, and Science are the most frequent areas where this is done. Many homeschoolers count this as dual credit being used on both their high school and college transcripts. For more registration information go to https://www.andrews.edu/undergrad/apply/hs.html or contact Admissions at 269-471-6346 or 269-471-6718. For online courses call 269.471.6323. The list of online courses available to high school students can be seen at https://www.andrews.edu/distance/courses/hs.html .
Note that students who come to Andrews University as a full time student after completing high school and transfer 25 or more college credits* from another college to Andrews University will enter as a transfer student qualifying for a lesser merit scholarship rate than students entering with less than 25 college transfer credits*.
* taken after their high school graduation date
Prerequisite High School Courses
Andrews University has found that students who have taken as a minimum the following courses at the Secondary level are more likely to have academic success in college.
3 years of Math courses, preferably including Algebra I and II. (Geometry as a separate course or incorporated into the Algebra is highly recommended as well.) Students who are considering careers, such as science or business, will benefit from taking advanced math or pre-calculus prior to college. All new students to Andrews University take a math proficiency test to determine what college level math course they are ready for as they prepare to meet the math requirement for their degree.
3 years of Lab Science courses. Biology and Chemistry or Physics are recommended. Two or three of these courses that go beyond introductory or survey courses such as General Science, Physical Science, or Earth Science will be extremely helpful. For students considering a science related career the sequence of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Biology is highly recommended.
4 years of English courses. An emphasis on writing is the best preparation for college work. In addition, the more general reading a student does the more they will benefit from an expanded vocabulary and knowledge for use in future writing.
2 years of a Foreign Language. This is particularly the case if a student is planning to take a Bachelor of Arts degree since this degree requires taking a foreign language through the college intermediate level. While the Bachelor of Science degree does not require a foreign language a student will still benefit in many other ways by taking a usable foreign language during the high school years.
Year-long Computer course. This course should go well beyond keyboarding and word-processing. Work with spread sheets, data base management, presentations, creating web pages, and the use of web resources along with using combinations of these tools in various projects is highly recommended. Andrews University gives a computer proficiency exam to all new students to determine if a they need to take a college level computer course or not.
2 years of Social Studies courses. A cross-section of World and U.S. History, World and U.S. Geography, and State and U.S. Government is recommended. It is also important to note that most states require their state history and government to be included in the social studies curriculum.
In addition to these 15 units or credits Andrews University highly supports a student taking Religion / Bible course each year of their secondary school experience. Music/Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Practical Arts are also important parts of a balanced secondary program.