OHS Dual Enrollment and Dual Credit Program
This is an opportunity for your student to take classes offered by Oxford High School and local colleges and universities that count towards BOTH a student’s high school diploma and his or her college credit. Basically, your student is taking two classes in one. For example, your student could take English Composition I and receive three hours of college credit and high school credit for English IV. Several courses are available and some courses are even offered online. Online courses can be taken at your student’s own pace with flexible starting dates.
What is dual enrollment vs. dual credit course?
Dual enrollment means a student is enrolled in two separate, academically related institutions.
Dual credit course means a post-secondary level course offered by a state institution of higher learning or community/junior college, which, upon successful completion, qualifies for academic credit in both the post-secondary institution and public high school. Dual credit courses are reflected in a high school student’s GPA.
Who should be interested?
- STUDENTS who want to earn college credit while in high school.
- PARENTS interested in saving hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars towards college tuition.
Who is eligible?
A student wishing to enroll in dual credit for a high school course and a course at Northwest Community College or at the University of Mississippi must have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and successful completion of 14 core high school units and/or junior status and written recommendation from school principal or guidance counselor. Specific courses also require an ACT sub-score.
Dual Credit Courses
About Dual-credit Courses
American History I
American History II
English Composition I
English Composition II
Principles of Biology I and Lab
Principles of Biology II and Lab
C SPIRE Software Development (CTE)
Dual Credit Fees
On-campus dual credit courses are offered in partnership with Oxford High School (OHS) and Northwest Mississippi Community College (NWCC). All fees are set by NWCC. Fees listed below are collected by OHS and paid directly to the college.
Courses offered at OHS in partnership with NWCC:
- English Composition 1
- English Composition 2
- College Algebra
- College Trigonometry
- General Music
- Principles of Biology 1 - plus lab (Biology course and lab count as two courses)
- Principles of Biology 2 - plus lab (Biology course and lab count as two courses)
- US History 1
- US History 2
- Software Development 1 and 2 (CTE)
- Software Development 3 and 4 (CTE)
Academic dual credit courses award 3 college credit hours and 1 high school Carnegie unit with the exception of the Principles of Biology lab which is worth 1 credit hour.
All dual credit courses earn a weighted extra 0.5 GPA, so a student who earns an “A” in a dual credit course would earn a 4.5 GPA for that course.
Dual Credit Fees:
- Registration (Per Semester): $50
- Tuition (Per Course):
- Face-to-Face with OHS instructor: $50
- Virtual with NWCC instructor: $50 plus $20 virtual fee ($70 total per course)
- E-books: costs vary by course and are charged by NWCC for each course taken. Prices currently range from $0-$100 per e-book per course.
OHS does not handle tuition and/or fees associated with any dual credit courses taken off of the OHS campus with the exception of Scholastic Institute.
Sample Dual Credit Fees for OHS Student: Fee Description OHS Student Rate Full Cost at NWCC Registration Fee Per Semester $50 $50 Tuition Principles of Biology I – Lecture $50 $435 Tuition Principles of Biology I – Lab (virtual lab) $50 $145 Virtual Fee Per Virtual Course $20 $20 Tuition English Composition I $50 $435 Tuition Music $50 $435 E-book (per course) Principles of Biology – Lecture $80 $80 E-book (per course) Principles of Biology I – Lab $40 $40 E-book (per course) English Composition I $0 $0 E-book (per course) Music $100 $100 All Fees Total $490 $1,800
(includes $60 tech fee)
The rate paid by students for Dual Credit courses taken on the OHS campus represents over a 70% discount of full pay at the college.
Transferring College Credit
All state schools in Mississippi will accept courses from Northwest MS, and many private Mississippi schools as well as out of state schools will accept the NW courses and apply them toward a students Bachelor's degree. When looking to see what requirement a NW course satisfies at a 4-year institution, it is important to understand it varies from college to college, and further research must be done at each individual school.
Most 4-year institutions have an online transfer equivalency tool students can use to see which credits transfer to the school. A simple Google search of the school name and transfer credit equivalency will usually generate the needed tool. Listed below are three examples of the transfer equivalency pages for Mississippi College, Auburn University, and The University of Memphis: