Is Dual Credit Right for You?

Things To Consider

  • Your goals, maturity level, academic ability and level of responsibility
  • Current performance in your high school classes
  • Your current course load and extracurricular activities

How is College Different From High School?

High School Classes College Classes
Students are reminded frequently about when assignments are due and tests are scheduled Students are responsible for knowing when all assignments and tests are due as outlined in the syllabus
Teachers provide outlines, notes and study guides Students take their own notes and create their own study guides
Students have access to progress and grades at any time Students monitor their own progress and often times need to calculate their own grades
Teachers cover all course content during class time Students are responsible for learning material that is not presented in class
Teachers give tests over material and provide make-up exams and retakes Students take fewer tests over a larger amount of material and are not always allowed to make-up or retake test
Grades are based on many assignments and tests Grades are based on a small amount of assignments and/or tests
Parents have open communication with the teachers Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), communication is between only the student and professor
Subject matters may be avoided to point instruction towards the high school population College courses can deal with controversial issues or subject matter
Courses are taught by high school teachers Courses are taught by college-credentialed faculty
Grades are part of your high school GPA Grades earned are part of your permanent college transcript
Courses are taught at high school Courses are taught at UTA
Only high school students in class Share classroom with general population UTA students
Disability accommodations provided through I.E.P Student must seek out accommodations and self-identify through the Student Access and Resource Center

How is Dual Credit Different From AP?

Dual Credit Advanced Placement (AP)
Description Allows students to earn college credit while still attending high school
Allows student to take college-level courses and exams to earn college credit or placement while still in high school
Credit College credit earned with successful completion Not guaranteed upon completion; must pass College Board AP exams with a score of 3 or higher
Teachers/Instructors Courses are taught by college-credentialed faculty Taught by high school teachers trained by College Board
College/University Acceptance Accepted at public college and universities in Texas as well as many other colleges and university across the United States. Check with each college or university for more details. Accepted throughout the nation. Check the policy at each college or university
Location Taught on UTA main campus or online Taught at the high school
  • Must be high school junior or senior
  • Must qualify for dual credit admission
  • Must meet TSI eligibility requirement
Open to any student
  • $50.00 per credit hour
  • Cost of books, supplies, and parking (if applicable)
$94 for each AP Exam (Waivers may be available)