Q: What is the average GPA earned by DEP students in their KSU classes?
A: In 2015-16, the average GPA among DEP students was a 3.4, earned in an average of 20 credit hours. DEP students as a group do exceptionally well.
Q: Does a one-semester college course equal a full unit of a high school course?
A: Yes. Each 3- or 4-credit college course equals 1 Carnegie unit. A student needing 1 unit of high school English in his or her senior year of high school would only need to take one semester of college English to satisfy the high school graduation requirement.
Q: I have signed up for the KSU classes that I need to graduate from high school. Can I take additional KSU courses as well?
A: Yes. You must choose courses from the Accel/Dual Enrollment directory in your Advising Handbook. If you choose a course that is not on the Accel/Dual Enrollment-approved list, you will be responsible for paying the tuition for that course.
Q: Will I receive extra quality points for my dual enrollment classes?
A: Yes, for HOPE purposes; possibly for high school GPA purposes.
For HOPE: Effective Fall 2013, the Georgia Student Finance Commission will award an extra .50 weighting to grades for courses taken in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and dual enrollment, up to a maximum of a 4.00 grade. It is possible to maximize your HOPE GPA by taking all dual enrollment courses or by taking a combination of AP, IB and dual enrollment courses, all which receive the extra .50 weight.
For high school GPA: Every school district sets its own policy for awarding extra quality points for dual enrollment courses on the high school transcript. Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton and other school districts allow for extra quality points. Check with your counselor to see criteria for your school district.
Q: If I don’t take an Honors section in the fall, can I register for an Honors section in the spring?
A: Yes. All DEP students are eligible for honors sections either semester. Honors courses are designated on your KSU transcript and will transfer to many other schools’ honors programs.
Q: If I received accommodations for a disability in high school, can I get these at KSU?
A: You will need to set up a meeting to provide documentation to Disabled Student Services by calling (470) 578-6443. Accommodations such as testing in a quiet room, longer time periods for testing, and recording lectures are common.
Q: Do I need to request a transcript be sent to my high school at the end of each term?
A: No. The DEP office will do this automatically for every DEP student.
Q: How are my KSU grades reflected on my high school transcript?
A: KSU reports only letter grades. Each school district has its own conversion policy for converting these letter grades to numeric grades for the high school transcript. See your Advising Handbook or your high school counselor for more specific information.
Q: Can I take online courses?
A: We don’t recommend that DEP students take online courses. Experiencing a college classroom environment is one of the benefits of DEP. Dual Enrollment students may take hybrid courses, which meet one day a week and have other online learning components.
Q: I am afraid I am not doing well in one of my classes. Should I withdraw from it?
A: If you need this class to meet high school graduation requirements, you will need to contact your high school counselor immediately to discuss your options for fulfilling the graduation requirement. If you do not need the course OR the credits for graduation, you may wish to withdraw prior to the “last day to withdraw from a class without academic penalty,” as published by the Registrar’s Office Academic calendar. You must notify the DEP office and your counselor and then withdraw by completing the online withdrawal form at the Registrar’s website.
Q: I am worried I am not making B's in my current classes. Can I lose my HOPE scholarship?
A: Yes. Your initial HOPE eligibility is determined by the grades on your high school transcript, which includes your dual enrollment grades. Remember that HOPE will add .50 weighting to all dual enrollment course grades. Once you have graduated from high school, if your HOPE GPA is a 3.0 or higher, you will receive HOPE. Your HOPE GPA will then reset to “0” and only those grades earned after high school graduation will count toward future eligibility. However, if you graduate from high school and fall short of a 3.0 and do not initially receive HOPE, your dual enrollment grades will be included in the 30-credit hour checkpoint at which students are re-evaluated for HOPE eligibility. This policy, set by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, is intended to help students reach the 30-credit hour checkpoint sooner. However, if your DEP grades are poor, getting to the checkpoint sooner does not necessarily help you reclaim HOPE, because you must have a 3.0 HOPE GPA.
Q: What happens if I fail a class?
A: If the course is a graduation requirement, you must return to your high school to complete all or a portion of the class not fulfilled through your course work at Kennesaw State University. If you preregister for a KSU class that requires the course you failed as a pre-requisite, you must drop the class during the Drop/Add period.
Q: I know I will have to miss class at KSU for a high school event. What should I do?
A: Email all of your instructors and the DEP director to notify them and inquire about the impact of the absence on your grade. Policies for attendance, missed exams, and make-up work should be listed on every instructors’ syllabus.
Q: What do I do to remain at KSU after I graduate from high school?
A: You will need to complete a readmission form and send a new high school transcripts showing Fall semester grades. We will provide information about readmitting as a freshman at your fall advising session in October. We will host an advising session for readmitting students in February.
Q: How do I order a transcript to be sent to another college?
A: Log on to Owl Express, click on Student Records, and then Request Printed/Official Transcript. An online form will appear that you will need to complete.
Q: After participating in dual enrollment, should I apply to other colleges as a freshman or as a transfer student?
A: Since your courses were taken prior to high school graduation, most colleges prefer that you apply as a freshman. This also ensures that you will be considered for scholarships earmarked for freshmen. If you have earned more than 30 credit hours in dual enrollment, you should inquire with your school of choice as to how they would prefer you apply.
Q: Will Dual Enrollment funding reduce my HOPE funding?
A: No. Dual Enrollment students receive Dual Enrollment funding prior to high school graduation, and full HOPE benefits after high school graduation.
Q: Will all colleges accept my dual enrollment credits?
A: As a fully-accredited university, KSU’s credits are accepted by virtually all public colleges and universities in the United States, and by most private colleges and universities. Students considering private colleges should inquire with them about their policy for accepting dual enrollment credits.