Frequently Asked Questions
The School-Based Scholars program allows eligible high school students to take NKU college classes before graduating from high school.
- Complete at least the sophomore year of high school at the time classes are taken; (Note, students may not enroll in this program after high school graduation.)
- A minimum ACT/PLAN of 20/18; or SAT/PSAT of 940/94; (The ACT/SAT supersedes the PLAN/PSAT.)
- A high school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale;
- Maintain a grade of C or higher in each NKU course in order to continue in the program;
- Written permission from a high school principal/guidance counselor;
- Written permission from a parent/guardian;
- Must meet any prerequisites for the specific NKU courses in which the student intends to enroll. For some courses, prerequisites include minimum ACT subscores in English, math, or reading.
SBS Students may take up to 8 classes at the discounted rate during their time in the program regardless of location or delivery method. Anything above and beyond 8 is charged at the full applicable tuition rate.
Generally the courses available are freshman level foundation of knowledge (general education) courses: public speaking, political science, fine arts, world religions, criminal justice, etc. This will vary with each high school. Students must meet any pre-requisites before enrolling in classes.
Yes, SBS students can take online classes. Interested students should contact the program coordintor at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. To take an online class, a SBS student must have a 23 on the reading ACT (21 PLAN) and complete the special Online Disclosure Form. Students are responsible for any additional online course fees.
The cost of each class is $225 (plus any course specific fees, if applicable - e.g. lab fees). The average cost of textbooks is $75-$150 per class. Students are responsible for any course specific fees, as well as textbooks and supplies for each class.
Please visit our SBS tuition information page for more information.
Yes, but students may only take a total of 8 classes at the discounted rate during their time in the program regardless of location or delivery method. Anything above and beyond 8 is charged at the full applicable tuition rate.
This is an excellent opportunity for students to strengthen their high school curricula and experience college coursework while still in the “safe” environment of high school. Students who start in their junior year can earn an entire semester or more of college work by the time they graduate and at significant savings. Any student taking a NKU class at their high school can get an NKU ID card made to receive full privileges of NKU students, such as access to the library, health center, and cultural events. For more information, contact the ALL CARD office.
NKU is a regionally accredited institution whose credits are accepted by most major colleges and universities. Students should consult with the college of their choice as to how their NKU credits will apply. NKU does not make any guarantees for if and how courses transfer.
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