University of Southern Indiana

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, Math 114, world language (French, German, Spanish), English 101, Chemistry 261, Psychology 201 or Social Work 224 must meet the following additional requirements

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.

English 101: Students must meet two of the following three criteria in addition to the required 2.5 GPA:

  1. High school rank percentile of 51% or higher, OR high school GPA of 3.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  2. New SAT/PSAT Reading score of 25 or higher (previously 450); or ACT Reading score of 19 or higher.
  3. New SAT/PSAT Writing & Language score of 26 or higher (previously 450); or ACT English or English Language Arts (ELA) of 19 or higher.

*A SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section (EBRW) score of 510 or higher is considered to meet both criteria numbers 2 and 3; this is to be utilized when the SAT Reading and Writing & Language scores are not accessible.

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 (details shared with CAP English 101 instructors via email). 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 evaluated. Students who pass the prompt may enroll in English 101.

Math 111, 112, 114:- Students must exhibit competency via an online placement test (Accuplacer) prior to the enrollment deadline. Call Academic Skills at 812-464-1743 to schedule a placement test over the summer. If unable to travel to USI, placement tests can be administered at the high school in the fall. If a student is not able to take the Accuplacer exam, a SAT math score of 660 or higher or an ACT score of 29 or higher will also permit registration. 

Psychology 201: Successful completion of GENS 151 or a University Level (Exempt) Reading Placement. Exemption based on SAT Critical Reading score of 23 or higher, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) section score of 510 or higher, ACT Reading score of 17 or higher, 10+ hours transfer credit or comprehension placement test score of at least 80.

Social Work 224: English 101 or concurrent enrollment in course.

World Languages (French, German, and Spanish)Students who have an A or B average in the first three years of foreign language may enroll for dual credit in the 203 level language course. 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. Late enrollments will not be permitted. Enrollment in 204 must be preceded by completion of 203 (204 is either offered in the spring or fall of 4th year of language if student is a junior). CAP students enrolled in a world language can get up to 12 hours of language credit; click to find out how.

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 responsibility for providing and coordinating any accommodations 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 accommodations 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 Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities".