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Eligibility & Enrollment

High school students entering their junior or senior year are eligible for CAP enrollment. If criteria is met, enrollment information will come from the student's school via the counseling office or directly from the CAP instructor. Criteria to enroll in most classes are:

  • GPA must be a 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Students previously in CAP must have attained a USI grade of C or better to enroll in further course work in the same subject area (i.e. English 101 and English 105).
  • Student must be enrolled in a CAP course offered at one of the participating high schools.

Students wishing to enroll in Math 111, Math 112, foreign language (French, German, Latin, Spanish), English 101 AND Biology 133 must meet the following additional requirements:

Math - Students must exhibit competency via an online placement exam (Accuplacer) prior to the enrollment deadline.  A Math department representative will visit each school offering Math to administer this exam.

World Languages (French, German, Latin, and Spanish)Students with an A or B average in the first three years of foreign language may enroll for dual credit in USI’s 203 at the start of the fall term of their fourth year. If cumulative GPA in the language is below 3.0, students may attempt to place into the course by taking an online placement exam, and if test scores show readiness for the 203 level, students may enroll. Students who choose to earn CAP credit must enroll in 203 in the fall and 204 in the spring; late enrollments will not be permitted. Enrollment in 204 must be preceded by completion of 203. CAP students enrolled in a world language can get up to 12 hours of language credit, click to find out how.

English 101 - Students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Rank at or above the 51st percentile in the high school class (multiply the number of students in the class by .49 to give you the minimum rank to qualify).
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 450 (or PSAT of 45) or greater, or ACT Reading score of 19 or greater.
  • SAT Writing score of 450 (or PSAT of 45) or greater, or ACT English/Writing score of 19 or greater.

If none or only one of the above criteria are met, a student may attempt to place into English 101 through a timed writing prompt. Prompt deadlines are early each semester. Each prompt is evaluated by two to three USI faculty to ensure consistency and fairness, just as writing prompts on campus are evaluted. Students who pass the prompt may enroll in English 101.

Biology 133 - Students must meet BOTH requirements for English 101 and Math enrollment, or have successfully completed the courses prior to enrollment.

Chemistry 261: MATH 111, MATH 114, MATH 115 or MATH 118 (may be taken concurrently); or placement into MATH 230 or exempt from Math placement testing; or CHEM 175; or consent of instructor.

Geology 161: C or better in MATH 100; or placement in MATH 111. 

Foreign language (French, German, Latin, and Spanish)Students with an A or B average in the first three years of foreign language may enroll for dual credit in USI’s 203 at the start of the fall term of their fourth year. If cumulative GPA in the language is below 3.0, students may attempt to place into the course by taking an online placement exam, and if test scores show readiness for the 203 level, students may enroll. Students who choose to earn CAP credit must enroll in 203 in the fall and 204 in the spring; late enrollments will not be permitted. Enrollment in 204 must be preceded by completion of 203.

Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities who meet the eligibility standards described above are invited and encouraged to enroll in CAP. Your high school retains the responsiblity for providing and coordinating any accomodations or services as described in your current IEP, 504 Plan, or similar educational plan. However, the disability-rights laws that apply to colleges and universities are significantly different from the special education laws that apply to your high school, and all of the accomodations that you are currently receiving my not necessarily be appropriate or legally required for a college-level class. To avoid any potential barriers to your ability to earn full college credit for your participation in CAP, you are encouraged to contact your high school's special education service provider, case conference committee, or similar entity about making any necessary modifications to your current educational plan before you enter CAP. To learn more about the differences between high school and college, take a moment to review the U.S. Department of Education's publication "Students with Disabilities Preparting for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities".


Application to the College Achievement Program is not an application for regular admission to the University of Southern Indiana. If you are interested in attending USI as a full-time student upon graduating high school, complete an online application at the Office of Admission


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