Marian University offers a dual-credit program for high school students

Advanced Study Program

Talk to us about earning dual high school and college credit.

Get a jump start on your college career! Marian University's Advanced Study Program provides you with an excellent opportunity to earn college credit before you finish high school.

  • By taking dual-credit courses as a high school student, you'll have fewer courses toward earning a bachelor's degree in college.
  • Our rigorous, college-level courses enable you to simultaneously earn BOTH high school and college credit.
  • Earning dual credit is a great way to ensure you stay on track to graduate from college in four years or less.
  • You'll save money on tuition expenses with our rebates and discounted rates.

How does it work?

The credits you earn will transfer toward a bachelor's degree at Marian University. In most cases, they will also transfer to other colleges.

  • Credits earned from Marian University are generally accepted in transfer by other colleges and universities provided you receive a grade of C or higher for each course you take.
  • Each college has different guidelines, however. There is no guarantee that your credits will transfer toward a degree from every university to which you might apply in the future.

If you are admitted to our Advanced Study Program, you agree to abide by all university policies and procedures, including those for tuition and fee payment. Enrolling in this program does not commit you to attend Marian University after you finish high school.

Where will you take the classes?

You can take classes at some area high schools and on our campus. Currently, we are dual-credit partners at these schools:

  • Cardinal Ritter
  • Guerin Catholic. 
  • Providence Cristo Rey
  • Zionsville

Contact Alecia Kissel at 917.955.6316 or akissel@marian.edu for more details about class locations.

  • To take a course at a partner high school, please apply for the semester in which you want to take your first course. Download, complete, and submit a Program Schedule Planning Form. A form is also included in your acceptance packet.
  • To take a course on our campus, apply for admission (see below) and submit all required documents. Then contact Alecia Kissel and request an advising appointment to register for classes.

What are the application due dates?

Fall registration begins in August for and spring registration begins in December. These are our current due dates.

  • Fall 2017: August 1, 2017
  • Spring 2018: December 30, 2017
  • Fall 2018: August 1, 2018

What are the admission criteria and who is eligible?

To be admitted to Marian University's Advanced Study Program, you must:

  1. Have completed your sophomore year and be a current junior or senior in high school who has not graduated.
  2. Be under the age of 19.
  3. Have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  4. Have PSAT, ACT PLAN, SAT, or ACT test scores:
    • Minimum 19 ACT composite or 18 ACTPLAN score
    • Minimum 910 SAT or 91 PSAT (combination of critical reading and math required) score

NOTE: You must obtain a grade of C or higher in your first enrolled course in order to continue in the program and take courses in subsequent semesters.

How do you apply?

If you are ready to get started, the first step is to apply for admission. 

  1. Go to marian.edu/apply and choose the application for "bachelor's degree students."
  2. When you get to the "student status" field on the application, select "high school dual credit."
  3. Send all required documents to the attention of Alecia Kissel at: Marian University, Office of Undergraduate Admission, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222-1997.
    • Counselor recommendation form
    • Program schedule planning form 
    • Official high school transcript
    • PSAT, ACTPLAN, SAT, or ACT  test scores (your scores are considered official if they appear on your official high school transcript)
    • If we accept your application for admission, you'll receive an acceptance letter and information via U.S. mail.

How much does it cost?

Rebate program

If you plan to enroll as a full-time freshman in a bachelor's degree program at Marian University after you graduate from high school, you may be eligible for a rebate in the form of a credit on your semester tuition bill.

  • The total amount of the rebate is up to $2,500 per student.
  • Any credit will be applied to expenses incurred during your first semester as a full-time student on our campus.

To participate, you should:

  • Be an admitted, enrolled full-time freshman at Marian University
  • Provide a written request for a rebate that includes your full name and Marian University student ID number to our Business Office before your tuition payment is due for your first semester of full-time classes.
  • If we do not receive your written request before the tuition due date, you forfeit the rebate opportunity.

Regular tuition

Tuition rates for high school students interested in dual-credit study are offered at a discount. The cost is $100 per credit hour, which means a standard three-credit Advanced Study Program course costs $300.

  • Once you are admitted and registered, you will receive a tuition bill. Personal checks and money orders payable to Marian University are accepted, as are major credit cards.
  • Tuition rates are set annually and are subject to change. Any student with an unpaid balance will not be permitted to register for future courses.

Direct questions about rebates, billing, and payment to our Business Office at busoff@marian.edu or 317.955.6020.

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