FAYETTE, Iowa (January 31, 2014) – High school students across Iowa can now be one step ahead of their competition with the help of Upper Iowa University's Dual Enrollment Program, which will launch in Fall 2014 through the University Center for Distance Education. High school students can enroll in online general education classes that are offered during Upper Iowa's regular terms.
"Upper Iowa University is very pleased to offer qualified high school students in Iowa the opportunity to simultaneously gain both high school and college credit for some of their coursework," said UIU President William R. Duffy II. "The UIU Dual Enrollment Program will help these students get a jump on completing their undergraduate degree. By entering college with a certain number of credits already earned, these students reduce their time to degree completion, which in the long run, will help reduce their family's college expenses."
"High school students completing UIU dual enrollment courses online will be taking the same courses as our current UIU college students, taught by the same UIU professors," he added. "They will be getting the same high quality education that has led to our undergraduate courses to be ranked in the top 100 programs by U.S. News and World Report."
Upper Iowa University will offer online classes for eligible students to increase their opportunities to take college-level classes while still enrolled in high school. Any student that meets UIU's criteria can take courses but also may be eligible through Iowa's Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program. The program is open to high school juniors and seniors as well as freshmen and sophomores identified as gifted and talented. All students must have at least 3.0 GPA to take college-level courses through UIU's Dual Enrollment Program. Each student is eligible to take up to 11 credit hours per semester at Upper Iowa.
Following successful completion of a UIU course through the dual enrollment program, the student will receive credit on his/her high school transcript if approved by the local school district, and the course will also be recorded on their official Upper Iowa University transcript. All courses will be applied toward completing an undergraduate degree through Upper Iowa.
Upper Iowa University will offer all UIU Dual Enrollment students up to a 65 percent tuition discount to attend college on the Fayette campus. At the moment, the program is offered in Iowa only. Dual enrollment plans are state-specific, and UIU is in the process of developing programs for students from other states.
To apply, or for more information on what courses are available, check out www.uiu.edu/dualenrollment or contact Upper Iowa University at 800-553-4150.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to more than 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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