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College in the Schools

If you are a high school administrator or teacher who wants to strengthen your school and challenge students, or a high school junior or senior who wants to get a jump start on college, consider the College in the Schools (CIS) program at the University of Minnesota. By partnering with the University, teachers and administrators strengthen the academic program at their high school. Students get firsthand experience with a faster pace of study and increased academic rigor, and are able to make a smoother transition from high school to college.

Nationally Accredited Program

College in the Schools is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Accreditation guarantees that:

  • Courses offered through CIS are University of Minnesota courses and CIS students earn University of Minnesota credit
  • High school students taking U of M courses through CIS are held to the same academic standards as students on the University campus
  • High school teachers teaching U of M courses through CIS are selected, trained, and continuously supported by University faculty

College in the Schools Benefits

Benefits for High School Students

  • Obtain college credit that is recognized by colleges/universities coast to coast
  • Experience increased academic rigor and develop skills for college success
  • Demonstrate learning over an entire semester, not just on a single, high-stakes test

Benefits for High School Teachers

  • Participate in discipline-specific, university-based professional development
  • Build collegial relationships with University of Minnesota faculty and with other motivated high school teachers
  • Become re-energized

Benefits for High School Administrators

  • Provide a high-quality dual enrollment option
  • Keep outstanding students on the high school campus
  • Secure high-quality, sustainable professional development for CIS instructors
  • Raise academic standards in the school

Learn More

  • Compare differences between concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, PSEO, and International Baccalaureate
  • Dual Credit Programs, Twin Cities Campus, 2012-13 Annual Report


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