Dual Credit Program | Kent State University

Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit program at Kent State University is designed to provide qualified high school students with the opportunity to enhance their high school education by earning college credit while they are still in the high school.

High school based dual credit are those courses offered through a collaborative agreement between Kent State University and a school district, taught by a qualified high school teacher on a high school campus, and earning a student both high school and college credit.

University based dual credit are those courses offered online that are taught by a University professor.  See "Dual Credit Online". 

Upon successful completion of a dual credit course, students receive credit on their high school transcript and on their college transcript.  

Students have the opportunity to experience the rigor of a college level course and can get an early start on completing their basic college courses.  Kent State University courses will transfer to public colleges and universities in Ohio.

Admissions Guidelines

Students seeking admission to the Kent State University Kent Campus Dual Credit program should generally meet or exceed the following guidelines.

  • Preferred 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrated mastery of introductory college preparatory core curriculum.
  • Preferred ACT composite score of 23 or combined SAT score of 1070 (reading and math).

Dual Credit Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully. Applicants are responsible for submitting all application materials by the deadline.

  1. Dual Credit Application 
    Complete the Kent State Dual Credit application. Return the Dual Credit application to your high school counselor or to the Dual Enrollment Programs Office; 207 Schwartz Center, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242.
  2. Dual Credit Applicant Essay
    Submit a typed, double-spaced, five-paragraph essay expressing why you wish to participate in the Dual Credit program at Kent State University, Kent Campus. Discuss your interest in the class you wish to take.  Your essay will be evaluated on structure, organization of thoughts and ideas, grammar usage, etc.  Put your name on the essay and return your essay with the application.
  3. Dual Credit Counselor Recommendation Form and Official High School Transcripts
    Have your high school counselor complete the Kent State Dual Credit Counselor Recommendation Form and submit an official high school transcript. Return this transcript with the Dual Credit application, the counselor recommendation form, and teacher recommendation forms.  It is your responsibility to allow enough time for your counselor to complete this form, prepare an official transcript, and return them to you prior to the application deadline.
  4. Dual Credit Teacher Recommendation Forms (2)
    Have two (2) former or current high school teachers of your choice complete a Kent State Dual Credit Teacher Recommendation Form.  We recommend that you have teachers in the same subject area as you wish to enroll in at Kent State complete the forms, but this is not mandatory.  Return them along with your application.  It is your responsibility to allow enough time for your teachers to complete these forms and return them to you prior to the application deadline.
  5. ACT or SAT Scores
    It is required that Dual Credit applicants provide ACT or SAT scores with their application. Include a copy of your ACT or SAT test results with your application.  If you take the ACT or SAT after you submit your application, please mail, fax, or deliver your scores to the Dual Enrollment Programs office when you receive them.


Requesting an Application
There are several ways in which you can obtain an application:

  • Download the application here: Dual Enrollment Application
  • Students can request that the application packet be mailed to them by contacting Dual Enrollment Programs at 330-672-3743.
  • Students can pick up the application by visiting the Dual Enrollment Programs office, located in room 207 Schwartz Center from Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Students can ask in the school counselor's office to see if applications are available.

Mail applications to the following address:

Dual Enrollment Programs
PO BOX 5190
Schwartz Center Room 207
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242