College in the Schools

The U of M’s nationally accredited College in the Schools (CIS) program brings U of M faculty together with high school teachers to offer U courses in high schools.


  • experience the faster pace and increased rigor of U of M courses;
  • earn free college credits that are highly transferable;
  • demonstrate their learning on multiple and varied assessments, throughout the course, rather than on a single, high-stakes test.

But they aren’t the only ones to benefit from College in the Schools.


  • enjoy career-enhancing professional development;
  • build the breadth and depth of their discipline-specific knowledge;
  • have access to the U of M’s library and research resources.

High Schools

  • strengthen their academic departments;
  • attract and retain outstanding students by offering the rigorous academic challenges they want;
  • increase public awareness of their high standards.

"It's like a sneak peek at how college classes are conducted and graded. And who doesn't like free credits?" -- former CIS student

Dual Enrollment Op-Ed in the Star Tribune