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Dual Enrollment Credit Policy

Dual enrollment credits are college credits that have been earned prior to graduation from high school, either on the campus of a college or community college or on a high school campus (in partnership with a sponsoring college or university). Running Start is an example of a dual enrollment program, though similar programs have different names in many states. High school students with dual enrollment credits are considered first-time students as long as they attempt no university-level coursework after high school graduation. Students with dual enrollment credits must meet first-year application deadlines and Whitworth's first-year admissions requirements, and qualified students will be eligible to receive one of Whitworth's first-year academic scholarships. Dual enrollment and Running Start credits are accepted as transfer credits based on receipt of official academic transcripts from the community college attended or the college sponsoring the course. Courses in which a student has received a grade lower than "C", vocational/technical courses, non-college-level courses, and incomplete courses are not transferable. A maximum of 64 semester credits may be transferred from a two-year college; a total of 94 semester credits may be transferred from a four-year college or combination of two- and four-year colleges.

Students transferring with an approved associate of arts or science degree will receive:

  1. Junior standing (60-64 semester credits)
  2. Waiver of all general requirements, with the following exceptions:
    • Two courses in total from any of the following categories: Core courses (150, A Christian Worldview; 250, Worldview and the Role of Reason; or 350, Worldview in Policy); Biblical Literature courses; and/or Faith, Reasoning, and Contemporary Issues (FRCI) courses. Note: For continuing studies students, Core 300 is offered in place of Core 350.
    • World Language: Eight semester credits, 15 quarter credits or a full year of college credit in foreign language (including American Sign Language).