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Are you a high school junior or senior in Oklahoma interested in earning college credit AND earning a tuition waiver?
Northwestern will now waive up to nine credit hours of tuition for juniors during the 2022-2023 academic year, an increase of three hours from the previous year. The hours can only be taken during the fall and spring semesters of your junior year.
You can now earn concurrent college credit of up to 27 hours (9-junior year and 18-senior year), tuition-free, while in high school.
University fees, along with books or other course materials, remain your responsibility. However, Northwestern’s condensed fee structure for concurrent courses will save you money - up to $180 for an online course.
Enrollment in concurrent courses:
- Shortens the time to degree and provides quicker path to employment
- Saves families money in tuition and other college attendance costs
- Prepares students for the pace and rigor of college-level courses
You may enroll in a combined number of high school and college courses per semester not to exceed a full-time college workload of 19 semester-credit-hours. For purposes of calculating course load, one-half high school unit shall be equivalent to three semester credit hours of college work.
You will be able to continue concurrent enrollment in subsequent semesters if you earn a college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
As a concurrent student at Northwestern, after your high school graduation you may be admitted to Northwestern or another institution in the State System if you meet the entrance requirements of the receiving institution, including the high school curriculum requirements, and will be subject to the State Regents' retention standards.
Northwestern offers concurrent enrollment at its Alva and Woodward campuses, and at participating high schools.
Below you will find the various requirements needed for acceptance to Northwestern to take classes while you’re still in high school.
Steps for Acceptance
Submit a Concurrent Enrollment Recommendation and Permission Form with an Enrollment Form
Submit ACT scores/SAT scores
Acceptable admission exams include:
- National ACT
- Pre-ACT (10th grade)
- Residual ACT (once per year between Nov. 1 and Oct. 31)
- SAT or
Submit high school transcripts
Submit Hepatitis B Statement if applicable*
(*These items will show proof of immunization for certain diseases. See more information in our Immunization Policy.)
All items that cannot be submitted online may be mailed to:
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Office of the Registrar
709 Oklahoma Blvd.
Alva, OK 73717
Admission Requirements for High School Juniors and Seniors
- An 11th or 12th grade student enrolled in an accredited high school may, if s/he meets requirements below, be admitted provisionally to NWOSU as a special student.
- S/he has achieved a composite National ACT/PreACT/Residual ACT test score of at least 20 or 1030 on the SAT/PSAT10 or
- overall unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher, or
- a high school GPA of 3.0 and is ranked in the top 50% of his/her high school class and
- has a 19 ACT subtest score in the area of enrollment.
Acceptable admission exams include:
- National ACT
- Pre-ACT (10th grade),
- Residual ACT (once per year between Nov. 1 and Oct. 31),
- PSAT10. (Students may only enroll in curricular areas where the student has met curricular requirements for college admission.)
There is no secondary testing for enrollment in college level courses.
Concurrently admitted high school students will not be allowed to enroll in any zero-level university courses designed to remove high school deficiencies.
- S/he has submitted Application for Admission, high school transcript, and admission test scores.
- Additionally, students must have a signed statement from the high school principal stating that they are eligible to satisfy requirements for graduation from high school (including curricular requirements for college admission) no later than the spring of the senior year, and that the student is enrolled in less than full-time load at the high school. Students must also provide a letter of recommendation from their counselor and written permission from their parents or legal guardian.
Admission Requirements for Homeschooled/
Unaccredited High School
If you receive high-school-level instruction at home or from an unaccredited high school and meet the following requirements, you may be admitted provisionally to Northwestern as a special student.
- Must have completed enough high school coursework to be equivalent to an individual who is classified as a junior or senior at an accredited high school.
- Achieved a composite of 20 on ACT or 1020 on SAT and 19 ACT subscore
Concurrent Enrollment Course Placement Policy
- Attain the requisite National ACT subject score
- Attain the requisite Pre-ACT (10th grade) subject score
- Attain the requisite residual ACT subject score (once per year between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1)
- Attain the requisite SAT subject score
- Attain the requisite PSAT10 subject score or
- Satisfy an entry level assessment and course placement measure that is in accordance with the institution's State Regents approve assessment plan