Dual-Credit Program

Dual Credit FAQs

Is the Concordia Promise offered by all the Concordias in the university system?

The Concordia Promise is a unique program offered by Concordia University (specifically Concordia University Wisconsin & Concordia University Ann Arbor).

What is the difference between the Concordia Promise scholarship and the Concordia Promise Plus tuition back grant?

The Concordia Promise Scholarship is for students in Christian high schools or home school environments who enroll in Concordia University Dual Credit courses.  The scholarship reduces the price of the already discounted Dual Credits from $200 per credit to $50 per credit.

The Concordia Promise Plus is a tuition back grant for those Dual Credit students if they choose to attend Concordia University (Wisconsin or Ann Arbor) for their undergraduate degree.  The tuition paid for Dual Credit courses will be credited back as a tuition back grant for those students.

What does it mean to be a partner school?

Concordia Promise Partner Schools can receive an assortment of supplemental programs such as:

  • consulting services from Concordia University
  • professional development opportunities
  • participation in leadership summits for qualified high school students
  • access to Concordia University’s free non-credit online courses

Who can take Dual Credit courses?

The Concordia University Dual Credit courses are designed for honors-level high school students.  Eligibility requirements are listed on the Dual Credit Preliminary Agreement found here: http://online.cuw.edu/programs/high-school/

Will the students in the class only be from my high school?

Although the Dual Credit courses provide the same content as the courses offered to traditional undergraduate students, the Dual Credit course enrollment is limited to Dual Credit honors-level high school students.  The students in each Dual Credit class are from a variety of high schools including Christian, private, public and home school environments.

How many students are in each Dual Credit Course?

The Dual Credit courses typically run with 7-15 students enrolled per class.  In order to keep class sizes small, Concordia University may choose to offer multiple sections of courses that are requested by many students.  If this occurs, students within your high school may be enrolled in different course sections with different college instructors.

How are Dual Credit courses different from AP courses?


Dual Credit Courses AP Courses
College undergraduate course High school course
Taught by Concordia University faculty/adjunct faculty Taught by high school instructors
Students are enrolled as college students Students remain enrolled as high school students only
Students participate in the college course Students prepare for an AP exam
Students earn credits on a college transcript Students might be awarded credit based on a particular score earned during the AP exam
Regular coursework contributes to an overall course grade that provides the student with transferable college credit The possibility of earning college credit is contingent on the single AP exam score
Semester long courses AP classes usually take place throughout the entire school year

Do the credits transfer to other universities?

Concordia University credits are generally transferable.  As with any transfer credit situation, it’s always a good idea to verify the transfer process with the receiving university’s Office of the Registrar.  Most of the Concordia Dual Credit courses have been designed to fit core curriculum requirements.

How long are the Dual Credit courses?

Most courses are designed with a 15 week format.

How often do students need to “attend” the online classes?

The online Dual Credit courses are asynchronous in nature with due dates and benchmarks of progress throughout the course.  Students will interact and collaborate with their classmates and instructors throughout the course and are required to login frequently to be successful.  Students should plan to login to their courses at least once each day (Monday – Friday) during each week of the semester course.

What about spring break or other days off school?

The high school schedule may not coincide with the college schedule.  Dual Credit students are required to regularly participate in the course regardless of a conflicting high school schedule.  Students are encouraged to communicate any requests for scheduling accommodations directly to the college instructor in advance to determine if they might be able to work ahead in the course content.

What if the student’s computer breaks or the hard drive crashes?

Occasionally technological problems occur.  Dual Credit students are encouraged to take initiative and have an alternate plan for such circumstances.  In situations where an immediate solution is not possible, students should always contact Concordia University’s Tech Support and the specific course instructor to communicate the problem and find help for a solution.

What about FERPA?

Even though most Dual Credit students are minors, FERPA regulations still apply to all communication.  Students are encouraged to communicate directly with their university instructors.  Due to FERPA laws, parents of Dual Credit students may only direct their questions to the high school counselors/representatives.

How can the high school maintain communication with the university?

Usually, the high school designates the school guidance counselor (or other high school personnel) to receive communication from the university regarding applications and student progress.

What if the student wants to drop a class after it started?

Dual Credit courses follow the official withdrawal policies of the university.  Students should consult the appropriate student handbook to review the policies.  (Please note: the online handbook is different than the face-to-face handbook.  Please review the correct handbook when seeking information regarding official policies.)

How can students apply?

Students are required to complete a Preliminary Agreement http://online.cuw.edu/programs/high-school/ and complete the online application at http://www.cuw.edu/apply.

Wolf River Lutheran has partnered with Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) in a dual-credit program.  In this program, students can enroll in select classes offered by CUW.  Upon successful completion of the course, students receive college credit and high school credit.  Click on the link below for more information.

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