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Dual Enrollment/Early Start

The Dual Enrollment/Early Start program gives high school students a chance to earn college credit while still working towards their high school diploma.  Students in the Early Start Program often register for courses such as:  Chemistry 105, Introductory Chemistry I; English 101, English Composition I; English 102, English Composition II.

Admissions Requirements

All students participating in the Early Start/Dual Enrollment program at Nicholls State University must meet the minimum academic, age, and grade level requirements as outlined below.  Nicholls reserves the right to change or amend the below requirements at any time.

  • Student must be at least 15 years of age
  • Currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade
  • Must have PLAN or ACT (or SAT) scores on file at Nicholls
  • Minimum PLAN or ACT composite score of 18
  • Minimum PLAN or ACT English sub score of 18 or Compass English score of 68
  • Minimum PLAN or ACT Math sub score of 19 or Compass Pre-Algebra score of 56
  • Must have a high school cumulative GPA of 2.35

To continue enrollment in subsequent semesters, student must have earned a college grade of A, B, C or P in all attempted college coursework.  Limited, documented exceptions for continuation after withdrawal or final grade of D or F may be granted by Nicholls.

Course Requirements

In order to participate in the Early Start/Dual Enrollment program, all students must meet the minimum Early Start/Dual Enrollment admissions requirements AND meet any prerequisites or co-requisites attached to the course chosen.  A full list of Nicholls’ courses, and course descriptions with prerequisites and co-requisites information can be found here.

Early Start Admissions Application:  Early Start Application
Important Dates:
  • November 6, 2014:  Students may begin registering for Spring 2015
  • January 9, 2015:  Applications for the Spring 2015 semester are due at 4:15 pm.
  • January 14, 2015:  Early Start Orientation 3:00 pm, 234 Elkins Hall (For first-time students taking a course on-campus.)
  • January 20, 2015:  If students changes their mind about attending in Spring 2015, student must “unregister” by 4:15 pm to receive full refund and avoid processing charges.
  • January 20, 2015:  Student must pay tuition and fees by 4:15 p.m. to avoid late payment charge.
  • February 9, 2015:  Full Term Spring 2015 census date.  All courses dropped before or on this date, by 4:15 pm, will be removed from the student’s academic record.
  • March 27, 2015:  Final date for automatic W when dropping a Full Term course or resigning from the university.
  • January 21, 2015:  Spring classes begin
  • May 16, 2015: Semester ends

Pricing (effective Fall 2013):

Courses on Nicholls campus, taught by Nicholls faculty:  $100 per credit hour, plus any course charge or fee attached to the class(es) selected.*

Nicholls online courses, taught by Nicholls Faculty:  $100 per credit hour, plus any course charge or fee attached to the class(es) selected.*

Courses on the high school campus, taught by high school faculty:  $50 per credit hour, plus any course charge for programs utilized in the off-campus class(es) selected.

**Some exceptions apply.

Example Course Fees

Course charges or fees are in addition to the per credit hour charge.

Students are not limited to the below courses.

*all fees are subject to change without notification. 

Course
Credit Hours
Course Associated Fee*
(does not include text books or other required materials that could be assigned by the professor)
All Online Courses Varies $50 online course fee
ART 110 (Art Appreciation) 3 $27 Lab Fee
CHEM 105 (Intro Chemistry I) 3 No additional course fee assessed
CHEM 106 (Intro Chemistry II) 3 No additional course fee assessed
CHEM 110 (Intro Chemistry Lab) 2 $90 Lab Fee
FREN 101 (Elementary French I) 3 No additional course fee assessed
FREN 102 (Elementary French II) 3 No additional course fee assessed
ENGL 101 (English Composition I) 3 $20 QEP Fee, $80 assessment fee
ENGL 102 (English Composition I) 3 $20 QEP Fee, $80 assessment fee
HIST 101 (History of Western Civilization) 3 No additional course fee assessed
HIST 102 (History of Western Civilization) 3 No additional course fee assessed
HIST 150 (World History) 3 No additional course fee assessed
HIST 151 (World History) 3 No additional course fee assessed
HIST 255 (American History) 3 No additional course fee assessed
HIST 256 (American History) 3 No additional course fee assessed
MATH 101 (College Algebra-3 credit hours) 3 $80 My Math Lab Fee, $80 assessment fee
MATH 102 (Trigonometry) 3 $80 My Math Lab Fee
MATH 106 (Business Calculus) 3 No additional course fee assessed
MATH 108 (Pre-Calculus) 4 $80 My Math Lab Fee
MATH 110 (Math for Elementary Teachers I) 3 No additional course fee assessed
MATH 117 (Contemporary Mathematics and Quantitative Analysis) 3 $80 My Math Lab Fee
MATH 214 (Introductory Statistics) 3 $80 My Math Lab Fee
MATH 165 (Calculus I) 5 No additional course fee assessed
MATH 166 (Calculus II) 4 No additional course fee assessed
MUS 105 (Music Appreciation) 3 $10 Lab Fee
OIS 200 (Office Information Systems) 2 $25 Lab Fee
PSYC 101 (General Psychology) 3 $80 assessment fee
SOCI 151 (Intro Sociology) 3 $80 assessment fee
SPAN101 (Elementary Spanish I) 3 No additional course fee assessed
SPAN 102 (Elementary Spanish II) 3 No additional course fee assessed
UNIV 101 (University Studies) 1 $25 Lab Fee, $80 assessment fee
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