Concurrent Credit

Concurrent credit is a great way for high school students to earn both college credit and high school credit simultaneously. Students who are in grades nine through twelve may enroll concurrently for college courses. Northark considers those students who have successfully completed the eighth grade and who have not graduated from high school as eligible students. Concurrently enrolled students must meet these criteria:

1. The student must have completed the eighth grade and be enrolled in a secondary school or home school.

2. The student must complete an application for admission and provide qualifying test scores (ACCUPLACER or ACT). Home-schooled students must also provide a copy of the Notification of Intent to Home School Form, which is on file with the local school district.
Only students who are qualified and enrolled in the college course may attend the course; high school students cannot attend a college course to receive only high school credit. North Arkansas College may stipulate additional qualifications for admission to concurrent student status. Northark Concurrent Enrollment Program staff will determine concurrent student placement, score attainment, and eligibility at the time of registration.

  • A concurrently enrolled student will be classified as non-degree seeking.
  • A concurrently enrolled student may not enroll for more than nine semester hours during any semester exclusive of courses taken at the high school campus or secondary center during regular school hours. Exceptions must be approved by Concurrent Enrollment Program Staff in consultation with the Academic Leadership and Student Success Team.
  • Students enrolled concurrently must maintain a cumulative 2.00 GPA each semester of Northark enrollment. Students failing to achieve a 2.00 semester GPA will be placed on academic probation for the following semester if the cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. Students will remain on academic probation as long as their semester GPA is 2.00 or higher and their cumulative GPA is less than 2.00. Students will be placed on academic suspension if, while on academic probation, they fail to achieve a 2.00 semester GPA and the cumulative GPA continues to be less than 2.00 Students may not re-enroll at Northark until classified as degree-seeking, typically following high school graduation or completion of a GED credential. Exceptions will require the approval of the Academic Leadership and Student Success Team.
  • All arrangements of third party payment of tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.
  • To be eligible to enroll in general education/transfer courses listed below for college credit, a concurrent student much achieve the following minimum ACT scores based on 12th grade norms (or comparable ACCUPLACER score):
ENGL 1013 English Composition                         ACT English 19 or Accuplacer Sentence Skills  83&ACT Reading 19  or Accuplacer Reading 79 
MAT 1223 College Algebra                                   ACT Math 21  or Accuplacer College Level Math 42&ACT Reading 19 or Accuplacer Reading 79 
MAT 1223 College Algebra (5 days a weekACT Math 19 or Accuplacer Elementary Algebra 77 or higher&ACT Reading 19 or Accuplacer Reading 79 
All other courses in the State Minimum Core CurriculumACT Reading 19 or Accuplacer Reading 79 
  • Northark academic programs have oversight for transcripting concurrent college credit that follows HLC standards for student learning outcomes, faculty credentialing, etc.

Students are eligible to take the following ACTS courses for concurrent credit. To find out if additional courses would count for concurrent credit, please contact the Assistant Director of Concurrent Education.

Northark ACTS courses

Concurrent Enrollment Form

Concurrent Credit Student Guide

Concurrent Credit School Guide

If you are interested in taking concurrent credit with Northark, please complete the Prospect Form so we have your contact information on file.


One advantage to taking classes while still in high school is that students get a head start on their college degree.  Students who complete the required classes may earn a college degree and/or certificate while still in high school. To learn more about these degree and certificate opportunities and the courses needed for completion of these credentials please contact Sarah Bing, Assistant Director of Concurrent Credit.

Reverse Transfer

Students who complete at least 15 college credit hours through Northark may be eligible for Reverse Transfer, which is the process for awarding an associate degree to students who begin their education at Northark, transfer to another institution, and complete their associate degree requirements while working toward a bachelor's degree.

To be eligible for a Reverse Transfer you must complete at least 15 college level credits at Northark.  Students should work with a Northark advisor to ensure the classes they are completing at the four-year institution will transfer back to be applied to the associate degree.  Students will be awarded their Northark associate degree if their combined credits satisfy degree requirements, and all graduation requirements.

Concurrent vs. Dual Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment is defined as students completing courses for high school and college credit.

Dual Enrollment is defined as students completing college credit courses not used for high school credit.

Students interested in dual credit opportunities should follow the college registration process and will register through the Advising Center.

Students interested in concurrent credit opportunities should work through their high school counselor and the Assistant Director of Concurrent Education.

Contact Us

For more information contact your high school counselor or Northark Assistant Director of Concurrent Education, Sarah Bing at 391-3100 or email her at