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Dual Admission Program Overview

The Dual Admission Program (DAP) is for students who plan to attend a community college first, and then transfer to SIU Carbondale for a specific major.  The program is intended to help students prepare their transfer to SIU well in advance of the matriculation date and take some of the stress out of the transfer process. 

How to Qualify for the Dual Admission Program

In order to qualify for DAP a student must:

  • Have at least two semesters (minimum of 30 semester hours) remaining at community college.
  • Meet admission requirements for SIU Carbondale and maintain at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA (as calculated by SIU) while attending the community college.
  • Attend an Illinois community college, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, St. Louis Community College, or Three Rivers Community College.
  • Declare a specific major at SIU Carbondale. Students who plan to go into:  Architectural Studies, Aviation Flight, Fire Service Management, Forestry, Interior Design, Physical Therapist Assistant, and the SIUE Nursing program in Carbondale are encouraged to work directly with the SIU academic advisement office for the major. See advisement.siu.edu for contact information. 

How to Apply to the Dual Admission Program

Students who wish to apply to DAP will need to complete the Undergraduate Application for Admission and Scholarships.  To ensure consideration for DAP, students will need to:

  • Answer “yes” to the question that asks if the student would like to participate in the Dual Admission Program. 
  • List the community college attending, along with any other colleges or universities attended.
  • Choose a specific SIU major.
  • Choose the term that he or she intends to transfer to SIU.
  • Submit the necessary credentials to be admitted to the SIU.  

Students with 26 or more transferable semester hours of credit must:

  • Submit official college transcripts from every college or university attended.
  • Have at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA (as calculated by SIU).
  • Be eligible to continue enrollment at the last institution attended.

Students with less than 26 transferable semester hours of credit must:

  • Submit official college transcripts from every college or university attended.
  • Have at least a 2.0/4.0 cumulative GPA (as calculated by SIU).
  • Be eligible to continue enrollment at the last institution attended.
  • Must meet freshman admission criteria for SIU.
  • Submit official high school transcripts for review.
  • Submit an ACT or SAT test score if under the age of 21.

Benefits of the Dual Admission Program

There are many benefits available to transfer students taking part in the Dual Admission Program, including:

  • The Dual Admission Program Transfer Plan, which shows a student how the credit earned so far transfers to SIU, the degree requirements for earning the specified bachelor’s degree at SIU, and a list of courses (in the community college course numbers) that a student may take and apply toward the intended bachelor’s degree at SIU.
  • Semester by semester updates on how the recent credit earned transfers to SIU.
  • Personalized contact with a SIU staff member.
  • Early admission to SIU Carbondale.
  • Invitations to special events on campus specifically for DAP students.
  • Invitation to join the DAP student Facebook group.
  • The opportunity to participate in a dual enrollment component, which allows students to enroll in an online transfer orientation course while attending the community college, locking in the current SIU Carbondale tuition rate for four years.