The following information is designed to answer questions most frequently asked by admitted students who have taken college courses while still in high school. Please read carefully to ensure you receive proper credit.
Will I receive transfer credit for my courses at Missouri State?
Missouri State University awards credit for most college-level courses taken as dual credit if the course credit is posted on an official college transcript from a regionally accredited college or university. Exception: Credit for college work that involves remedial or highly technical content may not be accepted. We have no limit on the number of dual credits accepted. General-education courses are more likely to be accepted than credit for major-specific courses. Check with the academic department, however, before assuming your dual credit will count toward your major. Please use our Transfer Equivalency Guide to see how your credit transfers to Missouri State.
When will I learn how my courses transfer?
If you have not already received an evaluation of how your courses transfer, you will receive one when you come to campus for our Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) program. During SOAR, an advisor will review your evaluation with you and use it when helping you to select the courses you will take during your first semester at Missouri State. When you come to SOAR, you will need to bring copies of your college grade reports or transcripts showing the name of the college and the course code, course number, credit hours, and grade for each course you have taken. If your grades from other colleges are available to you online, you can bring a screen print of those grades. We cannot use your high school transcript for this purpose.
Do I need to request official transcripts showing my college credit?
Yes. The copies that you bring with you to SOAR will be used to prepare a tentative evaluation of your transfer credit, but we will need your official transcripts from each college before your evaluation will be complete. Please request the registrar at each college to mail your transcript to the address shown below.
What if I have already had an official transcript sent to Missouri State?
If we had an official college transcript for you when you were admitted, you should find an evaluation of transfer credit for the course(s) taken at that college with your admission letter. If you had an official transcript sent to us after you were admitted but have not yet received an evaluation from us, please bring a photocopy of your transcript or grade report to SOAR but do not have another official copy sent at this time.
What if I earned my dual credit through Missouri State?
You do not need to take any additional action. Your credit will already be on your Missouri State record, and your advisor will have that information when you come to SOAR.
Will my dual credit courses hurt my eligibility for scholarships?
The fact that you are taking dual credit courses has nothing on its own to do with scholarship eligibility. However, your academic performance and the grades you earn in dual credit classes, which may be more academically challenging, certainly do effect scholarship eligibility.
The courses are on my high school transcript. Can't you use that?
No, because your high school transcript shows the high school credit that you earned. We must have your college transcript to verify the college credit.
Am I required to provide transcripts showing college credit, even if I don't want to?
Yes. It is important that we know about all college courses that you have taken. Failing to provide us with this information is considered falsification of records and may result in denial of admission or enrollment.
What if I have taken Advanced Placement (AP) exams?
It's possible to gain Missouri State college credit, depending on your AP test score. Students must contact The College Board to request an original copy of their score report be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. We typically do not receive scores for AP exams taken by seniors until mid-summer. View our Advanced Placement (AP) credit web page for more information.