NKU School-Based Scholars Program

The School-Based Scholars Program is designed to offer high school students access to up to 8 Northern Kentucky University courses while still in high school. NCC will allow students to take select classes through NKU. These courses:

  • Cannot already be offered at NCC;
  • If an elective and offered at NCC, the student is unable to take the course offered at NCC because of an unavoidable scheduling conflict, and the student can demonstrate a need for the this course; and,
  • The principal or his/her designee, with agreement from the student’s teachers and parents/ guardians, determines the student requires a differentiated or accelerated learning environment.
  • Students will not be permitted to leave school during the day to attend NKU courses.

In order to qualify for this program, students must meet the following criteria:

  •  Have completed the sophomore year of high school;
  • Have an ACT score of 20 or higher. If a student has taken the ACT, the ACT score must be used as the admission requirement;
    • NOTE: If a student has not taken the ACT, he/she may submit a recommendation from the guidance counselor and demonstrate he/she has a 3.0 GPA in addition to meeting the other prerequisites
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  • Must maintain a grade of C or higher in each NKU course in order to continue in the program;
  • Must have written permission from the high school and a parent;
  • Must meet any prerequisites for the specific NKU courses in which the student intends to enroll.

Students who meet the above criteria will have to do the following:

  • Complete an NKU early admissions application along with a $40 non-refundable application fee. (Please visit http://adultlearner.nku.edu/programs/ schoolbasedscholars/ applications.html for access to the online application and disclosure page;
  • Submit to NKU an official high school transcript (mailed);
  • Submit to NKU an official ACT, SAT, or PSAT score report (mailed)

Upon acceptance the student will be responsible for the following:

  • Purchase a textbook for the class ($75-$150 average)
  • Pay the fee for each class of approximately $52.00 per credit hour (plus any applicable course fees – online courses have a $35 fee per credit hour – subject to change at NKUs discretion). The Mary Jo Young Scholarship is available to help pay for the course and reimburse for some of the book expenses for students who participate in the Federal Lunch Program. The number of scholarships is limited. For more information, visit https://www.kheaa.com/website/ kheaa/mjyoung?main=1

    * Continuing enrollment: Students who wish to take classes for more than one semester must submit an updated transcript with high school GPA and test scores before registering each subsequent semester.

Students will earn credit at Newport Central Catholic for online courses as well as earning college credit at NKU. Since NKU is an accredited university, these college credits are transferable to most other universities. (There is, however, no guarantee that all universities will accept them. As a result, students are encouraged to consult their intended colleges and universities to see how NKU credits will transfer.) The 2016-2017 cost of approximately $160 per course (plus textbook and fees) is an exceptional opportunity for our students, especially when you understand that to take one course as an undergraduate at NKU would cost $1059 for a 3 credit hour class, not including books and fees.

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NKU Spring Online Options

Parents and students are advised that students approved for online courses are those who possess strong self-motivation and an ability to work independently. To be approved, students must obtain and submit to the administration two letters of recommendation from teachers who support the student’s ability to be a self-starter who can be responsible for his/her own learning.

Students who opt for one of these online options will have a class period built into their yearly schedule in order to allow time for class completion; however, just as with any other course, time outside of class will be required.

Download a PDF of approved Fall 2017 courses here.