New students must first be admitted into the program. SBS will collect ALL new applications at one time from their school in:
After NKU has processed a student's application and the student has received their admittance email, the SBS program will be sharing similar information via a "registration guide" that will be provided from the high school counselor to each SBS student. Please refer to the hyperlink above if you have not received this information after admittance.
Students do not need to take the ACT for program admission. However, students must also meet pre-requisites for any course they wish to take. Some courses require specific ACT scores.
Students wanting to take such a course in the summer/fall semester should take the ACT no later than the March prior. Students wanting to take such a course for the spring semester should take the ACT no later than the October prior.
The Schedule of Classes is released approximately one month prior to registration. For summer/fall courses, this will be in late February/early March. For spring courses, this will be in late September/early October.
Please note: the class schedule will not tell you how many seats are still available, for that you'll need to follow the instructions to register once admitted.
Admitted SBS Students who are interested in taking classes on campus or online should set up an appointment an NKU advisor.
However, an alternative would be to have students refer to our Advising Guide by Major. Please note: This is meant to merely help guide your choices and does not take the place of an advisor. The SBS office strongly recommends meeting with our advisor as indicated above whenever possible.
A Career Exploration Track is an option for SBS students to test out potential majors of interest by completing a track of four courses that add up to a semester's worth of that major at NKU.
For a current list of Career Exploration Tracks available, check out our Course Offerings.
The SBS program does not recommend that any high school student sign up for a seven-week course as these courses are fast-paced in nature, restricted to online degree-seeking students, and operate on a different calendar than traditional full semester courses. The SBS office will not permit any student to take a seven-week course and most high schools will not permit students to take them as well.
However, the SBS program cannot restrict a student from signing up on their own for a seven-week course if the system will permit them to register and their high school permits it as well.
For a comprehensive list of what your AP scores will qualify for at NKU, please visit our NKU Course Catalog, click on the most current academic year, click on "Appendices" on the side column, then click on "Advanced Placement (AP)".
If you are currently taking an AP course, we have to have your AP score report before we can permit you into a course for the upcoming semester.
If you have completed your AP course, please request that your AP score report is sent to NKU.
With KY HB 206 (2017) regarding dual credit, there is no limit on the number of courses a student can take at the discounted rate.
However, students are not permitted to take more than 18 hours (4 or 5 courses) in any given semester.
To find the add and drop deadlines for each semester, please visit the Registrar's website and click on the appropriate semester.
Please note: if you are a planning on dropping a course, please notify your school counselor to request the SBS office drop you from your course(s).
If a student is attending a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA have transferred to the student. However, when a student is enrolled in both a high school and a postsecondary institution, the two schools may exchange information on that student. If the student is under 18, the parents still retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may inspect and review any records sent by the postsecondary institution to the high school.
We encourage the students to communicate with their professors about grades, course questions, etc. Additionally, students may reach out to the SBS office if they need help navigating campus resources.
Academic Advising Hold - Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have this hold lifted if you are trying to register for courses.
Academic Warning Hold - Your NKU GPA has fallen below a 2.0. Please email email@example.com for more information.
SAS Registration & Transcript Hold - Your tuition balance is over $500. In order to register for courses or order a transcript this balance must be paid under $500. For more information on how to pay your tuition, please see Cost & Fees.
SAS Uncollectable Hold - You have a balance from previous semesters. You will need to pay off your balance and contact Student Account Services to have the hold removed.
UG Credential Hold - You have applied for degree-seeking status (first-time freshman) and need to submit your final high school transcript.
If you have another hold besides these listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a student is trying to register for a course that they meet the pre-requisites for and receiving an error, they can request a permit for that course.
To do so, students or counselors can complete the form at: SBS Course Permit Request
No Active Program Found - Please email email@example.com to have us fix your initial online application to reflect the correct starting semester.
Specialization Missing - Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you have been admitted to our program.
If you have another registration error message besides these listed, please email email@example.com.
General Rule: Once a student has been admitted into the SBS program, they must earn a final grade of C or higher in each NKU class in order to continue taking classes prior to high school graduation.
For any student who receives a grade of C- or lower, they must sit out the following semester and then apply for reinstatement using the SBS Reinstatement Application.
If a student wishes to appeal the SBS program's decision, students will be notified of the appeal process at once final grades are posted.