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Concurrent Credit

Concurrent Enrollment Admission Policy

ACT 1097 of the General Assembly provides for students who are enrolled in a high school and meet the admission standards of North Arkansas College to concurrently enroll for academic courses. Northark considers those students who are less than 18 years of age and who have not graduated from high school as falling under the provisions of this policy. Students in grades nine through twelve may enroll for credit courses by meeting the following criteria:

  1. Student must have completed the eighth grade and be enrolled in a secondary school or home school.
  2. Student must complete an application for admission and provide test scores (COMPASS or ACT). Home-schooled students must provide a copy of the Notification of Intent to Home School Form, which is on file with the local school district.

To be eligible to enroll in college credit classes, a concurrent student much achieve the following minimum ACT scores based on 12th grade norms (or comparable COMPASS score):

ENGL 1013 English Composition .........................ACT English 19 & ACT Reading 19
MAT 1223 College Algebra ..................................ACT Math 21 & ACT Reading 19
All other State Minimum Core Curriculum ...........ACT Reading 19

The designated academic advisor will determine score levels for all other college level courses at the time of enrollment.

  1. A concurrently enrolled student will be classified as non-degree seeking.
  2. 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 a designated Northark counselor.
  3. The course load may not include developmental courses (which includes MAT 1133 Intermediate Algebra).
  4. Students enrolled concurrently must achieve a 2.00 GPA each semester of Northark enrollment. Students failing to achieve a 2.00 GPA may not re-enroll until they are classified as a degree-seeking student. Exceptions will require the approval of the Executive Vice President of Learning.
  5. All arrangements of third party payment of tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Concurrent Student Enrollment Form


Northark Technical Center (NTC)

Enrollment at North Arkansas College through the Northark Technical Center (NTC) is a great way for eligible high school students to explore careers, prepare for a community college or four-year university, and develop skills needed in today’s global economy and workforce. Specialized programs of study are available to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students use modern equipment in the lab environment and experience hands-on instruction by the area’s top career and technical educators.
Students receive BOTH college and high school credit by attending one-half day of classes at their high school and then college level courses at Northark. Students may continue to participate in their high school’s activities including clubs and sports programs.
Each year of enrollment, students have the opportunity to earn 3 elective high school credits. Most students earn 24 to 30 hours of college credits when enrolled in a two-year program at the Northark Technical Center.
Classes meet Monday through Friday and follow the North Arkansas College academic calendar. Students enrolled at Northark Technical Center begin classes at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

How much does it cost?

Enrollment is available to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Tuition and fees are covered by the student’s high school and the Arkansas Department of Career Education. Northark Technical Center loans college textbooks to the student, so the cost for tuition, fees and books is FREE!

What is the next step?

See your high school counselor to help determine your interest, skills, and abilities before electing a program of study. Your counselor will help guide you through the NTC application process. You can also contact Nell Bonds, dean of outreach, at 870-391-3181 or email her at nbonds@northark.edu or Kristy Thomas at 870-391-3217 or email her at kthomas@northark.edu.