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. For those students taking a class online/on campus, they will receive additional communication via an email to their personal and NKU emails. Please refer to the hyperlink above if you have not received this information after admittance.
Ideally, students who are planning to take courses in the SBS program should begin taking the ACT up to a year prior to the semester they’re applying, as this will give students the opportunity to retest, if needed.
Students applying for the summer/fall semester should take the ACT no later than the March prior. Students applying for the spring semester should take the ACT no later than the October prior.
Unfortunately, because the KHEAA scholarship process involves KHEAA, NKU, and the student; this process can take some time.
If your student has completed their KY Dual-Credit Scholarship application, KHEAA will provide that information to us. Enrollment verification is done in bulk by our Financial Aid office throughout the end of the semester as updates are provided to us by KHEAA.
If you are anticipating a refund, please contact our Student Account Services office with any questions.
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.
Yes, SBS students can take online classes.
Interested students should contact their school counselor and/or NKU Norse Advising (once they've been admitted to the program) for more information.
Admitted SBS Students who are interested in taking classes on campus or online should set up an appointment with Norse Advising.
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 Norse Advising 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 and received your score report, you can upload a copy and request a course permit at: SBS Course Permit Request.
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).
Any School-Based Scholar wishing to withdraw from an NKU course after the first day of class must submit the request through their high school counselor. This can also be a College and Career Coordinator or any other designated administrator from the high school.
Please check out the SBS Student Handbook for more information.
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 email@example.com to have this hold lifted if you are trying to register for courses.
SAS 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.
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, please check out the SBS Student Handbook for more information.