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Early Entry

WSC's Early Entry program is open to high school students who are academically ready to take advanced college courses while still working towards a high school diploma.

Students are considered college students and must abide by the same college course prerequisites, associated course costs, and college policies and academic regulations. This higher education pathway allows academic advancement, rigorous coursework, and career exploration in higher education.

Why Early Entry?

  • Expands academic options for college-bound high school students. 
  • Provides a transitional stage for students to ease into more rigorous academic expectations while remaining in small class sizes and while still living at home.
  • Shortens the time required to complete a certificate, associates, or bachelor degree program. It is possible to complete the first year of required undergraduate courses during two high school years.
  • Delivers a substantial savings for both parents and students through both reduced tuition costs in addition to other college expenses.
  • Enables students of various learning styles to take courses taught either on WSC campus, his/her high school campus, on-line, or through the State ITV/IVN communication system.
  • Allows for a successful start to earn a post-secondary education

What is Dual Credit?

Area high schools work collaboratively with WSC to provide advanced college courses for students at their schools. When high school administrators also count these courses for high school credit, students may additionally earn high school graduation credit. All courses are college courses; however, they may be located at the high school with an approved WSC instructor, taught via distance education, or on the WSC campus. The College only issues college course credit and sends copies of course grades to the student's requested high school.
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How to Enroll as an Early Entry Student
New Early Entry Student Instructions
 

1. Apply for Early Entry student admission.
Select "create account". Once your account has been officially created, you will be able to log in and start your application for admission. Early Entry students should select their major/program as non-degree. Once your application has been submitted, it will take 1-2 business days for processing. Once processed, a dual credit student hold will be placed on your account. This will only prevent the student from adding or dropping courses themselves as WSC enrolls the student.

2. Complete the Early Entry Enrollment Form.
Incomplete forms will not be accepted. The form can be turned in to your high school counselor, faxed to 701.774.4211 or emailed to wsc.earlyentry@willistonstate.edu.

3. Claim your Campus Connection Account.
You should receive an email with directions on how to claim your campus connection account within 7 days of applying. This email will also include your EMPLID (Student ID number) which is needed to complete this. This step is very important for students taking classes online, IVN or on WSC's campus. If you need your EMPLID prior to this 7 day window, please email wsc.admission@willistonstate.edu. 

4. Set up your Student Email.
Once you are enrolled, WSC faculty and staff will only respond to emails through your student email.

5. Access Blackboard.
WSC uses Blackboard for IVN, online and some on campus classes. Your login will be the same as your campus connection account. Classes will not be available in Blackboard until 4PM on the first day of the semester. If you are taking an online class, you must set up your accounts and log into Blackboard the first week. If you do not, you will be dropped as a no show.

If you are planning on taking a Math or English course, an ACT/SAT or placement test will be required. Your high school can send over your ACT or SAT score. If you have not taken a placement test, click on the "placement test link" for directions on how to take ours. You can also find our placement test guideline on this page.

If you are planning on taking a course on WSC's campus, we will require a copy of your immunization record with the following vaccines or our Immunization Exemption Request Form filled out:

  • Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for students born after 01/01/1957.
  • One dose of the meningococcal vaccine after the age of 16 for all students 21 and under.
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Returning Early Entry Enrollment
If you have previously taken dual credit courses, you will not have to reapply online. You will follow the steps below instead.

1. Complete the Early Entry Enrollment Form.
Incomplete forms will not be accepted. The form can be turned in to your high school counselor, faxed to 701.774.4211 or emailed to wsc.earlyentry@willistonstate.edu.

2. Check your Campus Connection account for any holds that will prevent enrollment.
The most two common holds that can be found on an early entry student's account are:
  • Delinquent Account Hold
    • This means a student has a past due bill. This must be paid prior to enrolling for a future term. To see payment options, please click here.
  • Awareness Education Requirement Hold
    • This hold goes on after your first semester of enrollment. Students must complete a Sexual Violence Prevention Program. This is a federal requirement and it must be taken care of prior to your enrollment being processed for a future semester. To access the Sexual Violence Prevention Program, please click here. You will need your EMPLID to complete the verification process. If you do not know your EMPLID, please email wsc.admission@willistonstate.edu. 

If you are planning on taking a Math or English course, an ACT/SAT or placement test will be required. Your high school can send over your ACT or SAT score. If you have not taken a placement test, click on the "placement test link" for directions on how to take ours. You can also find our placement test guideline on this page.

If you are planning on taking a course on WSC's campus, we will require a copy of your immunization record with the following vaccines or our Immunization Exemption Request Form filled out:

  • Two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for students born after 01/01/1957.
  • One dose of the meningococcal vaccine after the age of 16 for all students 21 and under.
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Ordering Books
Early Entry students are responsible for getting and paying for books on their own. You can visit the Bookstore website to order your books online. Students can have them shipped if they do not live in the area. You can also schedule a time for pickup.

If your parent or legal guardian will be picking your books up, either you need to be with or you need to email wsc.bookstore@willistonstate.edu to let them know who is picking them up. They will need a valid picture ID to pick these books up. Information on how to order books is listed on their site as well as important textbook information. Please follow their policies and procedures during this process.
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Cost and Billing Information
Early Entry students are charged for courses they enroll in through Williston State College. We charge $83.10 per credit hour. This rate remains the same regardless of the delivery method of the course. This is a discounted rate as the WSC Foundation does pay a portion for Early Entry students. If a student is enrolled in 3 college credits, the cost for the class would be $249.30. This does not include book cost. 

Early Entry bills are sent the 5th week of the semester. These accounts are manually adjusted after all enrollment has been processed. Please wait until this time to pay your bill. Paper bills are sent to these students as all students do not have to set up their student email. Early Entry students do not have to pay by the fee payment deadline as bills are not adjusted by this time. For information on Payment Options, please click here.  
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How to Drop an Early Entry Course
If you are dropping all or just one of your early entry courses, please click on the link below. Please make sure you are looking at our Important Dates or Deadlines as this can affect the cost of your class. WSC does have dates early entry students must also follow when dropping a class. Certain drop dates can lead to different percentages a student will owe. You may also receive a "W" for the course depending on the date dropped.

Early Entry Drop/Withdrawal Form

 
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Counselor/Parent Information
Offering WSC's Early Entry courses through online, via IVN, on the WSC campus, or even right at a high school opens up a potential of opportunities for your students.

Whether a student is interested in taking a General Education Required Transferability Agreement (GERTA) course or is interested in taking courses to earn a certification or associates degree, we work with your school to establish educational opportunities that enrich the academic levels of all students at a fraction of regular tuition costs.

For a student to be eligible to take Early Entry courses, they must be a sophomore, junior or a senior. To view more details regarding eligibility, please refer to NDUS Procedure 402.3.2.

All steps and information for early entry courses can be found on this page.

Questions on courses? Please contact wsc.earlyentry@willistonstate.edu or at 701.774.4202.
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Instructor Information
WSC follows the NDUS guidelines for hiring all adjunct professors to teach college courses. If you are interested in being part of our instructing community, please send a resume and un-official transcript to the Director for Extended Learning. We look forward to working with you to develop incredible opportunity for both you and your students.
 
Early Entry Instructor Responsibilities
  • Work with their faculty mentor to create a syllabus that meets all of WSC's syllabus requirements.
  • Instructors will distribute the approved syllabus to their students.
  • Respond to communications from their mentors in a timely manner.
  • Check their roster in campus connection to ensure all students have been officially enrolled.
  • Submit grades at the end of the term.
  • Stay in compliance with FERPA.
  • Attend annual professional development.Participate in WSC's Early Entry electronic surveys.
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